anonymous on September 1, 2011

How will having prostatitis affect my sex life?

I found out that I have an inflammation of the prostate called prostatitis. Can I still have sex with my girlfriend? Can she catch it?

answered by David Sobel, MD, JD on September 1, 2011

I’m glad you shared your question with us, and I appreciate your concern for your girlfriend. But you have nothing to worry about…you can’t giveprostatitis to your girlfriend, and it’s perfectly safe to have sex with this condition.

That said, prostatitis may cause pain when you ejaculate. Or, there may be blood or infection in your ejaculate or semen, which usually doesn’t affect a sexual partner. But, if you want to be extra cautious, I would encourage you to wear a condom during all sexual activity until the prostatitis is gone.

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David Sobel, MD, JD

Dr. Sobel is a Colorado-based urologist and Director of the Denver Center for Men’s Health. His areas of expertise include men's sexual health and all areas of urology, including urologic oncology, treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy, stone disease and incontinence. Dr. Sobel was educated at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

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