Can Prolonged Sitting Cause Prostatitis in Men? Sharing My Experience With You

I am a professional driver. Before I was diagnosed with chronic prostatitis, I suffered from frequent urination, urgency, and discomfort in the perineum for several years. Even on days I drank little water, I often felt the need to urinate, and once the urge came, I couldn't hold it in. This significantly affected my sleep quality due to frequent nighttime urination. I bought some antibiotics on my own, but they did not improve my symptoms. Concerned about driving safety, I eventually sought medical help.


The doctor ordered routine urine tests and urine culture, all of which came back normal. Further examinations including a prostate exam and prostate fluid analysis showed no signs of acute inflammatory lesions or significant masses. Finally, a prostate ultrasound was performed, revealing uneven internal echoes. Considering these test results and my lifestyle and occupation, I was diagnosed with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.

Due to my job, I unavoidably sit for more than ten hours straight daily, without the opportunity to move around, drink enough water, or urinate promptly. Sometimes, to reduce bathroom breaks, I only drink a small bottle of mineral water each day. In the evenings, I occasionally go out for late-night snacks and drinks with friends. Reflecting on this, it seems likely that these habits contributed to my condition.

After discussing with the doctor, prolonged sitting was identified as the primary cause, although other habits might not pose major issues if managed properly. Following the doctor's advice, I became more aware of the risks prolonged sitting poses to developing chronic prostatitis. I did some research at home and listed some information here for those who might need it.

Why Does Prolonged Sitting Cause Chronic Prostatitis?

Sitting for extended periods can lead to prolonged compression of the perineum and prostate, significantly slowing blood circulation in these areas. This reduced blood flow directly causes chronic congestion and stasis in the prostate, impairing the expulsion of prostatic fluid and potentially leading to prostatitis by blocking the prostate ducts.

How to Treat Prostatitis Caused by Prolonged Sitting?

It's essential to address the poor habits that cause prostatitis, primarily nonbacterial prostatitis. Antibiotics often lead to recurrent symptoms, as they are not completely effective. Before deciding on Chinese medicine, I tried levofloxacin (strictly for 20 days) and cephalexin capsules (strictly for 14 days) without success. Symptoms improved during medication but returned about a week after stopping. Thus, for those with nonbacterial chronic prostatitis like mine, it's advised to consider Chinese medicine over antibiotics.

Regarding Chinese medicine, I took Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill from Dr. Li and initially tried wrist-ankle acupuncture - a type of acupoint therapy aimed at alleviating symptoms like frequent urination, urgency, and pain. It was somewhat effective but inconvenient and required a professional doctor at a clinic or hospital. Given my busy life, I mostly relied on Dr. Li's pills and dietary adjustments, which helped me recover in about four months.

What Sitting Posture Should Be Maintained with Prostatitis?

If, like me, you often need to sit and have limited opportunities for movement, it's crucial to maintain the correct posture to reduce the risk of prostatitis. Ensure you choose a comfortable chair, possibly with a cushion, and maintain the correct posture with your upper body upright and legs flat on the ground without slouching.

That's all I wanted to share, hoping it helps brothers with similar experiences!

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