If you ask any physician, he or she will tell you that nowadays the most "popular" men’s disease has become chronic prostatitis. Probably, there is not a single individual who has not heard about this illness. This was promoted by TV advertising, and the widely prevailing view that "the prostate is the second heart of a man". Whether it is true or not, but many men who have problems with erection, believe prostatitis is to blame. Are they right? Is it true that prostatitis and erectile dysfunction are somehow connected? Let's try to understand this issue step by step.
Why do we need this organ? First of all, the prostate is a glandular (produces secret or "juice", as people far from medicine call it) organ that is under the bladder. The urethra passes through this gland, and on its back wall there is a small protrusion — the seminal tubercle, where the vas deferens open. During ejaculation, not only the release of the seed occurs, but also the secretion of the prostatic secretion, which, being an integral part of the sperm is necessary for the normal functioning of spermatozoa. This is very brief information about where the prostate is located, what it does for a man and how it works. Now let's once again recall the scheme of the erection: sexual arousal — the impulse in the brain — the conduction pathways of the spinal cord — the peripheral centers of erection in the lumbosacral spinal cord — the vascular bed, where special substances are released, neurotransmitters causing relaxation of the vascular wall and increased blood flow. As you can see, in this scheme we never mentioned the prostate. So maybe all theailments and painful processes that arise in this organ, one of which is chronic prostatitis, cannot be the cause of a bad erection?
How does this illness affect the erection? Does prostatitis cause erectile dysfunction? Practice proves that chronic prostatitis cause erectile dysfunction, even if not directly. We have already said that in the section of the urethra where it passes through the prostate gland, there is a seminal tubercle. Most often, chronic prostatitis is an infectious-inflammatory disease. Inflammation of the seminal tubercle will inevitably lead to problems with ejaculation and most often to premature ejaculation. Changes in the usual duration of sex for a man become a severe stress, as a result of which the erection worsens. And one more thing chronic prostatitis, as a rule, is a lasting process from the onset of the disease to the first visit to the doctor, pass months, in some cases years. Therefore, the long-term location of infection near the contact zone of peripheral nerves with blood vessels supplying the penis sooner or later leads to a disruption of this interaction. Hence the conclusion: although the prostate gland itself does not directly participate in erection, it must be checked if a man has become a victim of erectile dysfunction. In chronic prostatitis an integrated approach to diagnosis is critical.
People say that this ailment cannot be cured, for many patients, such a diagnosis sounds like a sentence, and this can be another factor that adversely affects potency. Let's try to debunk this myth.
Firstly, the word "chronic" in relation to prostatitis is not entirely correct. As a rule, this is a primary disease, which initially was inexpressive, “quiet” and secretive. Therefore, like any other ailment, prostatitis in most patients is completely cured.
Secondly, we have all heard about chronic bronchitis, chronic maxillary sinusitis, and many other chronic diseases, but for the most part all these illnesses at the present stage are well amenable to treatment. And you can achieve, at least, a good, long-term remission, which will last for years. But to get sick again or get cured this depends on the patient himself.
Almost always in the medical literature, when they speak of predisposing factors for prostatitis, mention the so-called "venous stasis" which is formed in the pelvic organs to which this gland refers, or, to put it in a simple way, poor blood circulation in the small vessels. To such harmful conditions we should include a lazy, sedentary lifestyle, irregularities in sexual life (and here you can include as lack of it and too frequent, promiscuous sexual relations). Does not it sound familiar? Poor blood circulation is one of the causes of impotence! So prostatitis and ED, or more correctly say their causes have many common features. We would like to say more about this: prostatitis is an infectious-inflammatory disease, so sexually transmitted infections go hand in hand with prostatitis.