Premature Ejaculation and Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: new Seoul University study investigated the relationship between these medical conditions
Prostatitis, i.e. the inflammation of the prostate gland, may be correlated with sexual conditions such as sexual desire disorders, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Prostatitis can be acute with symptoms that are quite clear and recognisable, and include fever, pain in the lower back, in the perineum, and when urinating, a frequent need to urinate or difficulty urinating; or chronic with persistent or recurrent mild or moderate symptoms which include a burning sensation in the urethra, urinary difficulties, discomfort or soreness in the perineum, above the pubic area and in the groin, and discomfort in the testicles.
Sometimes men with prostatitis do not experience any discomfort and may not have any specific symptoms. This is when problems such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction may sound the alarm.
Over the years a number of studies have found prostatitis and premature ejaculation are correlated.
Recently, a study conducted by researchers from the National Police Hospital and Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (South Korea) assessed the relationship between Premature Ejaculation and Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (a chronic inflammation of the prostate gland with symptoms of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis. In their conclusions the researchers suggested routine screening for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men with premature ejaculation - and vice versa - as they found these conditions are closely correlated.
The study was conducted on 8,261 men (mean age 50 ± 5 years) examined for symptoms of sexual dysfunctions and chronic prostate inflammation using various scores and diagnostic tools. A full metabolic workup and serum testosterone level checks were also performed.
It was found that 2,205 men (24.9%) had prostatitis-like symptoms and 618 (7%) of them had moderate to severe symptoms. Almost one out 4 men was classified as having PE and this condition appeared strongly linked to the presence of pelvic pain; the incidence of PE was highest in men with severe pelvic pain caused by prostate inflammation.
Should you experience erectile or ejaculation problems see a medical specialist (urologist or andrologist) who will look into it and find out whether your problem has to do with prostate health or is due to other physical or psychological causes.
Reference: Lee and Lee, J. Sex Med. 2015.