Prostatitis unplugged? Prostatic massage revisited

Tech Urol. 1999 Mar;5(1):1-7.


Repetitive prostatic massage is not a new tool in the urologists' armatarium. Once the most popular therapeutic maneuver used to treat prostatitis, it was abandoned as primary therapy almost 3 decades ago. Based on experience reported outside North America and anecdotal experiences of some patients and their physicians, it may be making a comeback. Unfortunately, there are almost no prospective data that would substantiate a claim as to its effectiveness. This article discusses the historic aspects of prostatic massage, suggests possible mechanisms of action, and describes the opinions of North American urologists who are associated with academic clinical research centers and are universally acknowledged as experts in the diagnosis and treatment of prostatitis. At this time, the science of prostatic massage must rely on anecdotal experiences, small, uncontrolled studies, and perhaps somewhat biased opinions of the major thought leaders in the field of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy
  • Prostate
  • Prostatitis / therapy*