Some people find it hard to imagine that men have pelvic pain too.
In fact, around 8% of men will have pelvic pain at some time of their life. While men don’t have menstrual periods or endometriosis, and pain tends to come on later than it does in girls and women, men certainly have pain.
Mens pelvic pain can involve the bladder, bowel, pelvic muscles, or prostate and may affect all of these areas at once. Once pain has been present on most days for more than 3-6 months, there are the nerve pathway changes of chronic pain as well. The good news is that all these types of pain can be managed.
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