What are the Different Causes of Male Pelvic Pain?

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  • Written By: Jacob Queen
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  • Last Modified Date: 08 November 2018
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The causes of male pelvic pain are generally quite varied, but there are a few that are more common than others. In many cases, the cause is a disorder known as prostatitis, which describes any kind of general inflammation of a man's prostate organ. Another common problem that leads to male pelvic pain is infection of the urinary tract. A few other causes include injuries to the pelvic area, hernias, and irritable bowel syndrome.

The term "pelvic pain" actually covers a fairly wide set of symptoms. When people talk about pelvic pain in a man, they could be talking about anything from pain in the penis to the scrotum or even the lower back. Some male pelvic pain is directly associated with the sexual organs, and sometimes it can be in other areas, like the pubic bone or the area between the testicles and the anus. It is considered relatively common for a lot of male pelvic pain to be more severe during ejaculation or urination, and this is partly due to the muscles involved in both activities and the various different disorders that are the most common causes of pelvic pain.


When male pelvic pain happens because of prostatitis, sometimes it is difficult to deal with. This is because there is generally more than one possible cause for prostatitis, and sometimes there is no treatment for it. In many cases, it is caused by an infection in the man’s prostate, and sometimes this will either go away on its own or be treatable with antibiotics. Other cases of prostatitis are mysterious, and the man may suffer with symptoms off and on for the rest of his life. In the latter cases, doctors might try to control the symptoms and help the man deal with any pain he may be experiencing.

In situations where urinary tract infection is the cause of pelvic discomfort, burning pain during urination is generally one of the most common symptoms. Urinary tract infections happen when various bacteria are trapped in a man’s urinary pathway. These will often go away on their own without treatment, and in cases where they won’t, antibiotics will usually help. These infections often spread through the whole tract, eventually reaching the bladder. One thing that can separate a urinary tract infection from most other male pelvic pain is that its often accompanied by a lot of other symptoms, some of which include fever, chills, and a foul smell to the urine.



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