The vast majority of patients diagnosed with prostatitis have the chronic non-bacterial form, also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Although the symptoms are similar to chronic bacterial prostatitis, they can disappear and then return unexpectedly.
Unfortunately, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis is the least understood form of the disease. There are believed to be multiple causes: often the condition may arise from stress or other psychological problems. Studies have suggested that the inflammation may be cause by urine being forced backwards, up the prostatic ducts, during bladder emptying.
There is some evidence that regular, gentle massage of the prostate, performed by a urologist, can be beneficial. Prostate massage will not eradicate the cause of prostatitis, but can help to relieve the symptoms.
Who is it suitable for?
Men with generalised pelvic pain; urinary symptoms (frequent bladder emptying and/or burning sensation during urination); pain in the testes, penis or rectum; discomfort during or after ejaculation; aching in lower back, abdomen or inner thighs.
How does it work?
Prostate massage is thought to work either by helping to drain stored secretions from the prostate gland, or by releasing tension around the nerve endings near it. On a weekly basis for as long as you find it beneficial, your urologist will gently insert a finger into your rectum (back passage) and massage the prostate gland.
Where is it done?
Treatment is managed at The Prostate Centre.
How much does it cost?
This treatment is charged as a consultation only, and should be covered if you are insured.
How can I make an appointment?
Mr Julian Shah is available on Wednesday afternoons. Please telephone our Patient Liaison team for an appointment on 020 7935 9720 or complete our online form.