Sex as a Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis
It may sound too good to be true, but some experts recommend that you use sex as a treatment for chronic prostatitis. Why? It turns out that having sex is a beneficial supportive measure and helps to clear out the prostate.
There are several reasons why sex is recommended for prostatitis patients from flushing out the prostate to stress relief. In fact, experts say that lack of sex can actually lead to prostatitis. Semen can accumulate in the prostate and lead to inflammation.
Sex is a great stress and tension reliever. It is estimated that half of the cases of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) are related to chronic tension and stress. By managing and relieving stress, you may help eliminate the cause of your prostatitis. Other stress management techniques for treating prostatitis are also recommended, but you might find using sex as a treatment for prostatitis to be the most enjoyable.
Sex is also important for men who have chronic bacterial prostatitis. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for chronic bacterial prostatitis patients. If you are taking an antibiotic, be aware that urologists often recommended ejaculating two to three times per week.
Studies on Sex as a Treatment for Prostatitis
A 1999 study looked at 34 single men with prostatitis who did not either ejaculate or have sex for personal or religious reasons. These men were not responding to treatment with antibiotics. They were encouraged to masturbate at least twice a week. Researchers reevaluated 28 of the men for their condition after six months.
Of the 28 men, 18 of them adhered to the recommendations of ejaculating twice a week, 7 of them masturbated less frequently than recommended, and 3 did not ejaculate other than in wet dreams. Of the 18 men who followed the recommendations, 2 of the men experienced complete relief of their symptoms; 6 had marked improvement; and 4 did not benefit.
Of the 7 men who ejaculated less frequently, 3 of those men reported partial improvement. The 3 patients who did not ejaculate had a worse prognosis after six months. The researchers recommended regular ejaculation in the absence of a sexual partner and believe that normal sexual intercourse decreases the incidence of chronic prostatitis. (Yavascaloglu 1999)
When to Avoid Sex
You may be worried about having sex with prostatitis. Prostatitis itself is not contagious. It is usually safe to have sex with your partner when you have prostatitis, but not if you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you have signs of an STD, such as abnormal discharge from your penis or genital sores, see your doctor, and refrain from having sex. Both partners should be treated. If sex or ejaculation is painful read more about natural ways to manage pain during sex.
You also want to be sure to have safe sex, as certain sexual activities and habits can lead to prostatitis, such as participating in anal sex without a condom because bacteria can enter the urethra. Men who engage in rectal intercourse are at higher risk for prostatitis. But generally, in the absence of an STD, safe sex as a treatment for chronic prostatitis is a beneficial and usually well-tolerated way to restore your prostate health.
Reference for Sex as a Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis:
Yavascaloglu, I., et al. Role of ejaculation in the treatment of chronic non-bacterial prostatitis. Int J Urol. 1999 Mar;6(3):130-4.