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Can a probiotic help men with prostatitis?

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Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. It is sometimes caused by bacterial infection which can either be acute -- typically cured with antibiotics, or chronic -- which is more difficult to treat and occurs more frequently in men with gastrointestinal disturbances, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

A study among men with chronic prostatitis and IBS found that taking a probiotic along with antibacterial treatment helped reduce the risk of recurrent infection and the progression of inflammation to other glands. Details about this study and probiotic used are found in the "What It Does" section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.

There do not appear to be studies evaluating the benefits of probiotics for acute bacterial prostatitis or for chronic non-bacterial prostatitis — which is the most common form of prostatitis.

Other natural treatments for prostatitis, including quercetin and grass pollen extract, are described in the Prostatitis article in the Encyclopedia.


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Clare8685   May 8, 2016
I am very interested in this topic. My husband has had re-occurring prostatitis over several years that he has been given antibiotics several times as treatment. At the same time he has been on and off probiotics to help his digestive health. (Lower GI tract) He has now observed that when he takes the probiotics his prostatitis comes back.

He no longer takes probiotics which has hurt his digestive health but helped his prostatitis so much that he would rather deal with his digestive problems and not take probiotics. He is now taking Life Exrension's Fiber Immune Support. He tells me that for the first time since he stopped taking probiotics is digestion is sorted out and also his prostatitis. I am interested to know if anyone else can comment on this link between probiotics and prostatitis. Could it just be the type of probiotics? He has tried several brands.

ConsumerLab.com   May 9, 2016
Hi Susan - Thanks for posting. We have not seen reports suggesting that taking a probiotic would cause prostatitis. It will be interesting to see if others have experienced the same. What type of probiotic seemed to cause this for your husband?

Steven8688   May 10, 2016
Did the probiotic contain fos? Maybe he's reacting to that


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This CL Answer initially posted on 5/6/2016. Last updated 8/2/2017.
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