Treating prostatitis: Any cause for optimism?

Michael P. O'Leary, M.D., M.P.H., looks at what may be ahead

Prostatitis gets little press, but it's an all-too-common genitourinary condition in men. It accounts for about 1.8 million visits to the doctor's office in the United States each year. Depending on how you define the term, 9% to 16% of men experience prostatitis. It's also an "equal opportunity" disorder. Unlike benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer, which predominantly affect older men, prostatitis affects men of all ages.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »