Benign Prostate Problems The prostate gland can develop several conditions that are not cancerous. Pain, inflammation, and impotency are common problems. Prostatitis Prostatitis is the most common prostate problem in men younger than 50. Some estimates state that at least half of all men, at some point in their lives, will develop symptoms of prostatitis. Interstitial Cystitis Interstitial cystitis is a complex, chronic disorder marked by an inflamed or irritated bladder wall. It can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder and decreased bladder capacity. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Urinary tract infections are a serious, but common, health problem that affects millions of people each year. Women are especially prone to urinary tract infections. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) BPH is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes very enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination. Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction For most men, erectile dysfunction is caused by physical problems, usually related to the blood supply of the penis. Many advances have occurred in both diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Urinary Incontinence Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a bathroom. Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction Bladder dysfunction and bowel dysfunction refer to problems with urinating and passing stools. These may lead to the unwanted passage of urine or stool, called urinary or fecal incontinence.