Symptoms for chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)
The symptoms of CPPS vary from man to man, but may include:
- pain in the area between your back passage and testicles (perineum)
- pain in the lower part of your stomach area (lower abdomen)
- pain in your penis, especially the tip
- pain in your testicles
- pain in your back passage (rectum) and lower back
- pain in your inner thighs
- sexual problems such as difficulty getting or keeping an erection, pain or burning when you ejaculate, and premature ejaculation
- urinary problems such as feeling like you haven’t emptied your bladder properly, needing to urinate more often or urgently, or mild discomfort or pain when you urinate
- bowel problems such as bloating or diarrhoea.
In rare cases, there can be blood in the semen. This can also be a sign that there is something else wrong, so always speak to your doctor if you have blood in your semen.
Speak to your GP if you have any of the symptoms listed here. You can also call our Specialist Nurses if you have any questions.
The chronic prostatitis symptom index
If you have CPPS, the chronic prostatitis symptom index can help you to explain your symptoms to your doctor and can help them to monitor your treatment. You might find it useful to download a copy of these questions. You can use this to show your GP.