Prostatitis is a term used
to refer to a group of medical conditions causing a painful inflammation of the prostate gland.
Prostate, located beneath the bladder neck (the
location where the urethra and bladder join) in front of the rectum, is the male sex gland. It is shaped like a
chestnut and weighs 15 to 20 grams. It is arranged in two lateral lobes around the urethra. It has a central
zone surrounding the canals ejaculation, an anterior zone and a peripheral zone, which represent 70% of the
Prostate, as the seminal vesicles
and the bulbourethral glands, is one of the seminal accessory glands that
produce the seminal plasma, from which the sperm is formed. Prostatic secretions contain zinc, citric acid and
albumin: three substances that assure the chemical function of the
ejaculate and promote the
mobility of the sperm. From reproduction to complete well being of the body, the prostate plays a major role.
However, despite its important role, the prostate is sometimes subject to disorders, of
which prostatitis is the most common.
Prostatitis is an acute or chronic inflammatory
infection of the prostate gland. It is a very common genito-urinary infection affecting people of all ages, with
a particular frequency in young adults. Although any infection of
the prostate gland can increase its chance of developing cancer, there is no proven relationship between
prostatitis and prostate cancer; prostatitis, however, increases the levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA),
a protein produced by the prostate gland that is often elevated in prostate