We have a dedicated team with a special interest in prostatitis and male accessory gland infection screening. With increasing evidence highlighting a role for infection and inflammation in infertility, we can ensure that you are thoroughly screened. If necessary, we can organise a prostatic massage as well.
What is prostatitis?
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, and is very common, affecting as many as one in two men at some point in their lives. More recently, it appears that prostatitis may also affect fertility as it occurs twice as often in infertile men than in fertile men. Pus cells produced as part of the inflammatory process, are the main source of unstable free radicals (ROS) which damage sperm DNA and sperm shape, reduce sperm motility and may also decrease the sperm’s ability to interact with the egg. Prostatitis is also associated with sperm antibodies .
You may experience any combination of a range of symptoms including increased frequency of urination, occasional discomfort, pain or aching in the testicles, urethra, lower abdomen and back area, fertility issues etc. Pain or discomfort on urination or ejaculation is quite common. Some men may even stop having sex due to prostate pain and the constant aching after ejaculation.
A procedure called a prostatic massage is used to obtain a sample of prostatic secretions. The prostatic samples and a subsequent urine and semen sample are examined for a range of substances such as pus, blood, reflux of urine, crystals, stones (similar to the kidney), bacteria, fungi and parasites.
Although prostatitis may not always be treated, in some cases, it is possible to reduce the symptoms by managing stress, improving diet and treating with antibiotics if appropriate.