Prostatitis | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes prostatitis?

There are 2 kinds of prostatitis: acute prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis. Both are caused by an infection of the prostate. Some kinds of prostatitis may be a result of the muscles of the pelvis or the bladder not working correctly.

Can prostatitis be passed on during sex?

Sometimes prostatitis is caused by a sexually transmitted organism, such as chlamydia. However, most cases of prostatitis are caused by infections that are not sexually transmitted. These infections can't be passed on to sexual partners.


Treatment of Prostatitis by JJ Stevermer, M.D., M.S.P.H. and SK Easley, M.D. (American Family Physician May 15, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00