Pelvic pain in men generally occurs around the lower abdomen or buttock area, specifically around the scrotum, perineum, anus, penis, urethra, bladder, prostate, or pubic bone. Pelvic pain can be characterized as a local dull or sharp pain, as well as a gradual diffuse pain that feels more like pressure. It can be triggered by urinating, defecating, or ejaculating, and can cause difficulty urinating, urinary urgency, painful urination, painful sex, and constipation. Although not all pelvic pain in men is serious, it is recommended to see your doctor promptly to minimize the risk of long-term complications.
Did You Know?
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates that around 10-15% of men are affected by chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What causes pelvic pain in men?
Pelvic pain in men can have a number of causes, including:
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Urinary stones
- Urethral stricture
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Since pelvic pain in men can be caused by a number of different conditions, it is important to see your doctor to have the cause of your pain diagnosed and properly treated. To find out what is causing your pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bortecen of SoHo Men’s Health today.
How is pelvic pain in men diagnosed at SoHo Men’s Health?
At SoHo Men’s Health, pelvic pain is diagnosed by first discussing your medical history and symptoms with Dr. Bortecen. He will also perform a physical examination that includes palpation of the area where the pain is located. Depending on the findings during the physical exam, Dr. Bortecen may also obtain blood and urine samples, as well as request imaging tests.
How is pelvic pain in men treated at SoHo Men’s Health?
The treatment for pelvic pain in men will depend upon what is causing the pain, but generally revolves around controlling the pain and addressing the underlying condition. For example, a UTI may be treated with antibiotics, while appendicitis or a hernia may require surgery. Based on what is causing your pelvic pain, Dr. Bortecen will develop a treatment plan that is fitted to your needs.