It’s difficult to imagine that any man could enjoy penis pain, and similarly guys really should want to avoid prostatitis - if they know what it is, which all men really need to know. While prostatitis isn’t a direct penis health concern, it does have an impact on penis-related matters and can be a cause of penis pain. Therefore, learning about the signs and symptoms of prostatitis is important for every man.

What is it?

It’s something that almost half of all men will experience at some point in their lives, and between 5% and 10% of men may be experiencing now. Yet far too few men really know about prostatitis, a condition in which the prostate gland becomes significantly enlarged.

The prostate gland is located just below the bladder. It’s a fairly small gland that plays a big role in reproduction, as it is the "factory" that creates most of a man’s semen. When a man goes in for a physical and the doctor inserts his finger into the rectum, he is doing so to check the prostate. One of the things he is checking for is the size of the gland. If it is larger than normal, it may be a sign of prostatitis.

So what’s the big deal if the prostate is too big? It’s important because the size doesn’t occur naturally but as a result of inflammation.

When a guy has prostatitis, it can create several issues: pain in the area (including penis pain); issues with urination; sexual function challenges; and general well-being problems, such as feeling fatigued.

Signs and symptoms

Although a doctor’s first indication of possible prostatitis may come about from the rectal exam, there are a number of other signs and symptoms that can be related to this condition. While it is possible for a man to have prostatitis and be asymptomatic (especially in the early stages), often a man will notice one of more of these markers as well:

- Dysuria , which is a fancy way of saying he experiences burning or stinging penis pain when he urinates. In addition, he may need to urinate frequently during the night (which is officially called nocturia) and/or he may find that he often "dribbles" while trying to urinate rather than producing a steady stream. Sometimes there may be an atypical urgency to his need to urinate.

- Unusual appearance of urine. Most often, this refers to either cloudiness in the urine or to the presence of blood in the urine.

- Pain. This may be penis pain at any time, or it may be pain while ejaculating. The pain may also present in the scrotum, the perineum, the abdomen or the lower back.

- Chills, fatigue and fever. In some instances, these flu-like symptoms may occur.

- Depression is also a fairly common symptom related to prostatitis.

If a man thinks he may have prostatitis, it’s important that he consult with his doctor. The doctor can then determine what is causing the inflammation and recommend the appropriate course of action.

Prostatitis and the accompanying penis pain can be challenging, but things are a bit easier when a man keeps his penis in overall good health. Use a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to help achieve that goal. Topical application of needed vitamins enables them to more directly achieve their targets, so choosing a crème with a range of vitamins (such as A, B5, C, D and E) is a wise choice. In addition, look for a crème that includes L-arginine. This amino acid plays a key role in process that encourages dilation of penile blood vessels and the subsequent ability to accommodate a greater flow of blood to the organ when required.