Prostatitis is a non-cancerous condition in which the prostate gland is inflamed. While the causes can be different for every individual, some causes of prostatitis are simply not known. However, there have been a few causes that have been found to encourage prostatitis. The prostate gland can get irritated as a result of these conditions, leading to an acute, chronic, or nonbacterial type of prostatitis.

What are three causes of prostatitis? 

Certain Professions

Believe it or not, some professions can actually increase your risk of developing prostatitis. For example, having a profession in which you need to lift heavy objects can often put pressure on your prostate. This is especially damaging to the prostate if you’re doing the heavy lifting on a full bladder. This is because the urine from the bladder can actually back up into the prostate when enough pressure is introduced. The bacteria from the urine can cause inflammation of the prostate and will likely need to be treated with antibiotics.

Other jobs that could increase your risk of prostatitis include construction or truck driving. These jobs lead to intense vibrations that can irritate the prostate over time. Jobs such as being a machine operator, driving a truck long distance full-time, or different construction jobs can all have an impact on your prostate.

Past Bacterial Infections

If you’ve had past bacterial infections, whether they be urinary tract infections or another bacterial infection to the lower urinary tract area, this can influence whether or not you develop prostatitis. Prostatitis is mostly centered around bacterial infections, although there is at least one type of prostatitis that is nonbacterial. This type of prostatitis is usually harder to treat because it’s more difficult to tell what’s causing the infection.

If you have or have had a past bacterial infection, especially a reoccurring urinary tract infection that never quite seems to go away, visit your doctor. It’s vital that you follow your physician’s instructions, and if you’re given a course of antibiotics, it’s important to complete the treatment to ensure that all the bacteria are gone.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Although sexually transmitted infections constitute a very small part of prostatitis cases, they can be influential in whether or not you’ll have prostatitis. For instance, having rectal intercourse can increase your chances of having an inflamed prostate because the prostate can get irritated and bacteria can be introduced into your body this way.

If you do choose to engage in rectal intercourse, it’s important to always use protection. This can decrease your chances of getting sexually transmitted infections (which are more easily contracted through rectal intercourse) as well as bacteria that could later lead to prostatitis.

While there won’t always be a definitive cause for your prostatitis, there are treatment options available. You can decrease your risk for prostatitis by staying hydrated, taking care of bacterial infections when you have them, minimizing your exposure to heavy lifting, and of course, using protection during sexual intercourse.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of prostatitis, schedule an appointment with your urologist today.