Chronic prostatitis and erectile dysfunction

At all times, men have faced the problem of erectile dysfunction. This insidious disease does not have "age", it can appear even in young men. It is known that one of the causes of erectile dysfunction is chronic prostatitis. Therefore, due to such a close relationship between the two diseases, the approach to the treatment of erectile dysfunction must be comprehensive.

prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland

What is erectile dysfunction?

Normal erectile function in a man includes the ability to get an erection hard enough to penetrate a woman's vagina and to maintain that erection long enough to complete intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain and / or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for adequate intercourse. Loss of morning erection, premature ejaculation and lack of interest in sexual activity are early signs. It is known that smoking, drug use, and alcohol abuse play an important role in this issue. The risk of developing erectile dysfunction increases with comorbid conditions such as type II diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. However, the most common cause of erectile dysfunction is infectious diseases, in the first place of them - prostatitis.

What is prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammatory disease of the prostate gland. It can affect all men: those in monogamous or polygamous relationships, and even virgins. Prostatitis is a very common pathology of the genitourinary system. Among the serious consequences of this disease can be called erectile dysfunction - many men mistakenly associate "failures" in sex life with stress at work, fatigue and lack of sleep. But modern studies have shown that it is infectious diseases such as prostatitis that are most often the cause of ills in sexual relations. In order to recover from prostatitis, as well as to avoid serious complications (for example, impotence and infertility), it is necessary to seek qualified medical attention at the first symptoms. help to the urologist-andrologist.

The main symptoms of prostatitis

  • Frequent urination.
  • Feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder.
  • Drawing pains and discomfort in the lumbar region, lower abdomen and perineum.
  • Whitish or greenish discharge from the urethra.
  • Pain and heaviness in the anus.
  • Decreased libido and potency.

What is the connection between prostate inflammation and potency?

If the endothelium of the vessels of the penis is damaged by exposure to chronic diseases and toxins, then this leads to a decrease in erection.

However, there is another version: most doctors believe that sexual disorders in prostatitis are, as a rule, of a psychological nature. Constant and exhausting pains cause depression and increased anxiety, unpleasant symptoms and chronic pain syndrome affects not only the general well-being, but also the mood of a man, brings him stress and discomfort. Nevertheless, most modern urologists are of the same opinion: the cause of erectile dysfunction lies in organic damage to internal organs.

The importance of the prostate gland in the process of erection

Erection from the point of view of normal physiology is due to complex neurovascular mechanisms, with several central and peripheral neurological mechanisms involved in addition to molecular, vascular, psychological and endocrinological factors, and the balance between them is what ultimately determines the functionality of the penis.

An erection is not a mechanical act that can be used as a hydraulic jack for lifting at any time. It is a subtle physiological process that begins with a stimulus perceived by the brain and that comes from visual perception, smell, sensation or touch.

A person's sensitivity to this sexual stimulus largely depends not only on their testosterone hormone levels, but mainly on its conversion to the active metabolite dihydrotestosterone, which is formed inside a healthy prostate by an enzyme called alpha reductase. And if problems arise with the prostate gland, accordingly, problems will appear with the metabolite, which along the chain will pull difficulties during intercourse.

Restoration of potency and therapy of prostate damage

If erectile dysfunction occurs against the background of an infection, then no drug will help here: it is necessary to remove the underlying cause. Bacterial prostatitis, like any infection, is treated with antibiotics. However, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible for antibiotics to create the necessary concentration of drugs in the prostate, in the focus of infection. This is due to the fact that as a result of inflammation and swelling in the prostate, blood supply is significantly reduced. Only complex treatment will be effective - a combination of medications and physiotherapy, which improves the blood supply to the prostate gland, relieves its swelling. The doctor may prescribe courses such as extracorporeal magnetic stimulation, vibromagnetolaser massage, sinusoidal modulated currents, shock wave therapy, ozone therapy. If the doctor prescribed the correct treatment and the man followed all the appointments and recommendations, then with the elimination of inflammation in the prostate, violations in sexual life disappear without a trace.


  • Regular sex life (this is a purely individual issue, but up to 30 years of age, the frequency of sexual intercourse 2-3 times a week is considered the norm).
  • Compliance with hygiene during sexual intercourse.
  • Healthy lifestyle.
  • Exclusion of injuries and hypothermia.
  • Regular urological examination (at least once a year for men over 40).

A person's recommended lifestyle should include regular exercise, adequate sleep, smoking cessation, a balanced diet with an emphasis on Mediterranean food, and moderate alcohol consumption.

In order to feel masculine strength for as long as possible and maintain a high quality of life, when the first unpleasant symptoms appear, do not drag out a visit to a qualified urologist-andrologist. Undergo a comprehensive urological examination, get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.