Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland. Patients with prostatitis may experience pain and difficulty in passing urine. Because the prostate gland is situated deep within the pelvis, often the location of the pain is not easy to pin-point. The areas where pain may occur include the lower part of the abdomen, the area between the scrotum and the anus, and the base of the penis.
Prostatitis may be caused by bacterial infection or non-specific inflammation. Depending on the cause, treatments may include antibiotics, painkillers, muscle relaxants and prostate medications.