Ask The Expert
August 16, 2012
“Congested prostate” is not a specific medical term. I assume your doctor is referring to a condition known as chronic prostatitis.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below a man’s bladder. The gland makes fluid that mixes with sperm to form semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder). So conditions that cause the prostate to swell or enlarge may press on the urethra and cause pain or problems when urinating.
Chronic prostatitis is a common cause of urinary difficulties in men. But it’s not very well understood. Other names for this condition include non-bacterial prostatitis, prostatosis, and prostadynia. Typical symptoms include pelvic pain and difficulty and discomfort with urination. Symptoms may persist. Or they may come and go.
There is much disagreement, even among experts, about the cause and appropriate treatment for chronic prostatitis. It’s likely that chronic prostatitis is not one disease. Rather several different conditions that cause similar symptoms.