Understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain in Men: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain in Men: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in men is an unspoken and often underdiscussed issue that can have significant repercussions for their quality of life. At The Comprehensive Pain Institute in Bedford & Benbrook, TX, we recognize and address men’s health concerns by celebrating Men’s Health Month every June—our pain doctors are here to help men understand the common causes of pelvic pain, recognize symptoms and discover effective treatment solutions. Our goal is to shed light on this condition so they may understand its causes, recognize symptoms and explore treatment solutions available.


What is Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Chronic pelvic pain refers to persistent lower abdominal and pelvic area discomfort lasting six months or longer. It is more than simply a symptom; rather, chronic pelvic pain involves multiple systems within the body—urinary, gastrointestinal, muscular skeletal, and nervous.


Symptoms & Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain can have numerous sources, often spanning across one or multiple physiological systems. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent pain in the pelvic region
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • Pain while urinating or during bowel movements
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain when sitting for long periods


Common sources of Pelvic Pain include the following conditions:

Prostatitis: An inflammation of the prostate gland caused by bacteria infections but may also occur without such infection; additionally, it is also called “penile cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis: Also referred to as painful bladder syndrome, this condition involves pressure in the bladder as well as pain from both pelvic pressure and discomfort in other parts of the body such as backache or even chest tightness.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: When muscles of the pelvic floor fail to work effectively, chronic pain and urinary dysfunction result. Neuropathy: Damage to nerves in the pelvic region can result in long-term discomfort that leads to chronic discomfort.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): While affecting mostly the bowel, IBS can also contribute to chronic pelvic pain due to nerve pathways crossing over.


Pain Treatment Options

At the Comprehensive Pain Institute, our approach to chronic pelvic pain treatment involves creating a personalized multidisciplinary plan designed around each individual’s specific needs and requirements. Our treatment strategies may include:

  • Medication: Depending on the underlying cause, medications like pain relievers, muscle relaxants or antibiotics may be prescribed as relief measures.
  • Physical Therapy: Pelvic floor physical therapy services may help alleviate symptoms by strengthening or relaxing pelvic floor muscles to bring relief to symptoms.
  • Behavioral Therapies: For patients suffering from pelvic muscle spasm, biofeedback techniques such as biofeedback can be very useful in helping gain control over pelvic muscles. We can help refer you to a trusted behavioral therapist in the Bedford & Benbrook, TX area.
  • Dietary Modifications: Diet changes may help alleviate symptoms for those who also have IBS.
  • Surgery: In cases where conservative treatments fail, surgical solutions may be explored as possible solutions. This could involve procedures designed to address specific structural issues contributing to pain.


Why Focus on Men’s Health in June?

June is Men’s Health Month, and it is an opportunity to highlight the significance of men’s wellbeing while encouraging men to take an active part in managing it themselves. Chronic pelvic pain often remains hidden or misunderstood among male patients.

Chronic pelvic pain in men is a complex multifactorial syndrome that can dramatically impair quality of life and overall health. At the Comprehensive Pain Institute, our mission is to offer effective care tailored specifically for them so they can conquer this challenging condition. Men’s Health Month marks our encouragement of seeking medical assistance as early intervention and comprehensive treatments may lead to significant improvements in both quality of life and overall health benefits.


Pelvic Pain Doctors in Bedford & Benbrook, TX

If you or someone you know are suffering from chronic pelvic pain, please reach out to The Comprehensive Pain Institute of Bedford & Benbrook to arrange a consultation and begin working towards better health together. Let’s make this important step towards greater wellbeing together. Contact our one of our pain clinics today.

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