Prostatitis occurs when the prostate becomes inflamed. (If you need a quick primer: The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces semen and performs other functions.) Men with prostatitis can develop a range of symptoms, from excruciating pain in the groin to difficulty urinating.
Some men who have prostatitis insist that the condition makes it difficult or impossible to have erections. A limited amount of evidence suggests they may be right. Three-quarters of men with prostatitis in one study said they had sexual problems. About one-quarter had erectile dysfunction. Another third had difficulty ejaculating. The rest had both problems.
Prostatitis can be difficult to treat, but antibiotics and other medications may help. Tell your doctor if you have experienced pain in your pelvic area or urinary problems.