This is Paolo’s journey of recovery from prostatitis. I met Paolo in November 2018. He was a 45 year old HR Manager and Psychotherapist. He had been experiencing pelvic pain, including a heaviness in the lower abdomen and increased urinary frequency (going every hour) since September 2015. In October that year he was diagnosed with Bacterial Prostatitis even though the blood tests and ultrasound proved that there was no infection and no inflammation present! After multiple rounds of antibiotics over the next 2 months his symptoms disappeared for a few weeks only to return more intense than before. 

In January 2016 Paolo saw a different Urologist  who though that he had a Steno-sclerosis of the bladder neck. After a cystoscopy and cisto-mapping he was catheterised for 24 hours. The Urologists next suggestion was surgery to the bladder neck. Paolo refused to have this procedure and instead saw another Urologist. He was given a different opinion and told there was nothing wrong and he should just get used to it!

In November 2017 Paolo saw a fourth Urologist in Rome who diagnosed him with CPPS, saying his pelvic floor was too toned and he should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist. He was told he must avoid ALL forms of exercise or activity that might make his pelvic floor more toned. Paolo continued to return to Rome every 3-4 months for intense physio until he came to the Pelvic Pain Clinic 

In November 2018 we started our treatment together. We helped reframe Paolo’s understanding of what happens with the pelvic floor and the relationship/tone of the pelvic floor to anxiety, stress and pain. I taught Paolo relaxation techniques, taping into his interest for Yoga and Pilates. I encouraged him to become more and more active to help healthily condition his pelvic floor. We used graded exposure here to minimise threat and to encourage confidence. Over time he became more and more confident in his ability to engage with life again and enjoy many of the things he had been told to avoid. 

It was a pleasure working with Paolo and I am very pleased with his recovery and journey of self discovery

Recovery is Possible and Paolo’s journey of recovery from Prostatitis proves this

“Working with Karl has been a very important part of my journey towards recovery. I was diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain syndrome by an enlightened urologist who finally gave a name to my pain, after seeing so many practitioners who scared me to death with many different diagnoses. This diagnosis gave me the opportunity to find Karl. Since our first session, Karl has been very supportive and empathetic. He gave me useful tips and taught me effective strategies to manage my pain. But above all he inspired me to get my life back. I’ve become more active and I started exercising again after a couple of years of inactivity. I haven’t had major symptoms for 7 months, but I’ve also learned also that symptoms can come and go. Now I know that symptoms don’t define me as a person and they are transient. With this new awareness, I can live a fuller and freer life now”


Read Howard’s successful recovery from Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome here

Check out Adam’s successful recovery from Pelvic Pain here

Follow Robbie’s successful recovery from CPPS here

Learn about Tommy’s successful recovery from Prostatitis here

See Ben’s successful recovery from Pelvic Pain here 

Discover Chris’s successful recovery from Prostatitis here

Find out how Jamie got back on his bike again after recovering from Pelvic Pain  here

6 months on and Anthony still has no pelvic pain here

Tony is now able to sit pain free. He is back working, driving and travelling here

Mark suffered for over 10 years with pelvic pain here

Read David’s recovery from 8 years of pelvic pain here

Read Ed’s story of recovery in C19 Lockdown here

Karl Monahan is the owner of The Pelvic Pain Clinic, London. He has been successfully treating male pelvic pain since 2009. His depth of knowledge and personal experience on the subject provides his patients with a compassionate approach that is rarely found. His holistic approach to treating male pelvic pain addresses, lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress management and therapeutic movement. The clinics approach is very much aimed at empowering the patient, teaching them the tools and techniques to manage and reduce their own symptoms allowing them to be the driver in their own recovery and not just a passenger.

Testimonials From Clients

“Having suffered with Pelvic Pain to the point where I had to be hospitalised for a number of nights. Karl has a great understanding and level of empathy with his patients. Appreciating exactly how they feel and what they are going through”

To read blog posts from my patients about their successful recovery from their chronic pelvic pain and chronic prostatitis experiences, in their own words click here


Please find below a sample of some of my patient testimonials from over the years. I have not included them ALL here. Instead I have picked a handful of those that demonstrate a wide range of my skill sets, outcomes and patient opinions. I would therefore hope that you are able to gauge how I approach my methods of treatment. If you have any questions regarding any of these comments below or would like to know more about my treatment please contact me here

My aim is to take every individual patient I see and treat them as individuals. If I am not achieving this then I believe I am letting down that patient. It is therefore imperative that my approach is bespoke and tailored. Failure to do so is likely to result in an unsuccessful outcome.

From those testimonials listed below I hope to give you a flavour of what you can expect if you come and see me as a patient.


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