Pelvic Pain in Men
- what are the main causes for pelvic pain?
What can cause pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain in men is not quite as common as it is in women, but it does occur quite a bit especially as men age. This is because two of the most common causes of pelvic pain in men are related to the enlargement of the prostate gland, which occurs naturally over time as men age.
These two conditions are known as BPH and Prostatitis. BPH is mostly unavoidable, and results from the natural enlargement of the prostate gland. While BPH on its own causes very little discomfort usually, if the prostate gland grows excessively big, which is often the case if the condition is left neglected, this can lead to pain in the pelvic region. The larger it get, the more likely the pain will be more severe as it encroaches on surrounding tissues and organs.
Prostatitis on the other hand is the direct cause of pelvic pain, and it is due to inflammation in the prostate. Pelvic pain in men caused by Prostatitis will also vary based on which form of Prostatitis one has. These can be acute and severe, or chronic and less painful.
While these two conditions are the most common, there are several other possible causes for pelvic pain in men. Sexually transmitted diseases are always a major concern, and certain STD’s can cause pain in the pelvic region. Another possible cause is Peritonitis. This condition results in inflammation of the lining in the abdominal cavity, which causes it to press against and cause discomfort for other areas of the abdominal region. Kidney stones and appendicitis are fairly common as well, and often result in severe pain. Urinary infections are another common cause. Lastly, colon cancer and gastroenteritis could be the cause of pelvic pain in men.
The first clue to help diagnose the condition will be the intensity of the pain itself. Some conditions will result in severe pain and treatment should be sought for these immediately. These include kidney stones, Appendicitis, and Prostatitis. Other conditions, such as BPH, may not result in much pain, and may seem barely noticeable, but if you experience even mild pain, don’t hesitate and visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Relieving the Pelvic Pain
Relieving the pain will revolve largely around the underlying cause of the pain. A highly recommended procedure these days is called prostate massage, which can be used when the cause of pain is directly related to the prostate gland.
Gentle massaging of the prostate gland has shown a great ability to relieve pain very quickly. This can be performed both externally and internally, although internal massages provide far greater benefits. Additionally, internal massages can be performed manually, or via a prostate massage device (read more about it here). What these massages accomplish is increased blood flow and an increase in oxygen to the prostate. This process helps remove bacteria and other harmful toxins, and pain decreases as a result. Prostate massages can also decrease the size of the prostate gland itself, which will help relieve pain caused by an enlarged prostate.