Lifestyle Causes of Prostatitis
Lifestyle causes of prostatitis really factor into your overall health and risk of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). The choices you make and the foods you eat, the activities you do, and even your relationships can affect your prostate health and inflammation. Drinking alcohol, smoking, being overweight and staying out late and not getting enough sleep decrease your immunity, making you susceptible to infections and CP/CPPS. Even pelvic trauma from activities and sports you play (a karate kick to the groin or many hours on a bicycle seat) can increase inflammation and lead to prostatitis.
You may be surprised to learn that the amount of sex you have and type of sex factor in to chronic prostatitis. Sexually transmitted disease from unprotected sex and anal sex without a condom can lead to chronic prostate problems. That being said, frequency is also an issue. It is important to have weekly ejaculations to clear toxins out of the prostate. Use it or lose it.
One important lifestyle cause of prostatitis is stress. A 2009 study found that men with high stress levels, poor emotional health, and lack of social support were connected to a history of prostatitis. A 2002 Harvard study observed that men who were under severe stress at work or home were 1.2 and 1.5 times more likely to suffer from prostatitis compared to men who had stress-free lives. Research shows that the amount of stress you are under can affect the amount of pain you feel. The more stress you are under the more pain you experience.
Stress and chronic tension can lead to the most common causes of CP/CPPS. About 50% of chronic prostatitis cases are related to a pelvic floor disorder or chronic tension disorder. Alternative therapies that can help with lifestyle stress-related tension in the pelvic floor include trigger point release therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and biofeedback. Stress management strategies are worth looking into as well.
Natural treatments like diet and avoiding chemicals and food additives that can cause prostatitis are healthy lifestyle choices you can make. Prostate supplements can boost your immunity and support prostate function and health.
Lastly, because prostatitis pain and other symptoms can be so frustrating and stressful, it is important to have adequate social support. If you don’t have a partner, family member or friend that you can talk to, look to support groups to find someone who can relate to you and what you are going through. You don’t need to go through it alone. Up to 50% of men will experience prostatitis symptoms at some point in their life.