Can Sexual Activity Cause Prostatitis?
Sexual activity can contribute to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) in several ways. Your frequency of sexual activity, type of sexual activity you engage in, number of sexual partners you have, and any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) you might contract can all play a role in chronic prostatitis causes.
Some STDs are associated with bacterial prostatitis causes, but STDs can also lead to chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) by creating inflammation in the prostate. Also, since some STDs have no symptoms in men, men may not even know they have an STD and not seek treatment until they end up with prostatitis symptoms. Even though chronic prostatitis is not usually caused by bacteria, when it comes to sexual habits, bacteria and viruses including HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) could play an initial role. You can read more sexually transmitted disease and HIV and about autoimmune disorders (in addition to HIV) as chronic prostatitis causes.
Your sexual activity habits can lead to chronic prostatitis. Unprotected sex with a partner who has an STD could cause bacteria to enter the urethra. Having anal sex without a condom could also cause bacteria (such as Escherichia coli) to enter the urethra. When bacteria enter the urethra they can get into the bladder, then make their way into the prostate via the urine. Once in prostate, bacteria can cause inflammation and chronic prostatitis symptoms. Further sexual activity risks include having unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners.
If you are not sexually active you can’t necessarily breathe a sigh of relief either because lack of sexual activity can also cause chronic prostatitis. According to some experts, semen can accumulate in the prostate if it is there too long and cause inflammation among men who do not ejaculate regularly. You should strive for weekly ejaculations and if you do not have a partner, you might have to take matters into your own hands to keep the prostate flushed out. Sometimes prostatitis symptoms include sexual problems such as pain during intercourse, painful ejaculation, blood in the semen, reduced libido, or erectile dysfunction, further worsening the problem by making it difficult to have sex and ejaculate.
Be honest with your doctor about your sexual habits, especially when diagnosing prostatitis, so he or she can help you find the right chronic prostatitis treatment. You may find relief in natural prostatitis treatments such as supplements or in alternative prostatitis treatments.