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What is prostatitis?

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The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that all men have. It’s found below your bladder and in front of your rectum. The job of the prostate is to make fluid that contains semen. This fluid protects sperm when they travel toward a woman’s egg.

If your prostate becomes swollen, tender, and inflamed, you have a condition called prostatitis. This isn’t cancer, and it’s different from having an enlarged prostate.

From: What is Prostatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “What are Prostatitis and Related Chronic Pelvic Pain Conditions?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Prostatitis: Inflammation of the Prostate.”

Harvard Medical School + Harvard Health Publications: “Prostatitis: inflamed prostate can be a vexing health problem.”

NHS Choices: “Prostatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Medscape: “Prostatitis.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Prostatitis: A guide to infection and inflammation of the prostate.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on March 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Urology Care Foundation: “What are Prostatitis and Related Chronic Pelvic Pain Conditions?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Prostatitis: Inflammation of the Prostate.”

Harvard Medical School + Harvard Health Publications: “Prostatitis: inflamed prostate can be a vexing health problem.”

NHS Choices: “Prostatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Medscape: “Prostatitis.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Prostatitis: A guide to infection and inflammation of the prostate.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on March 16, 2017

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