Jump to content
BANGKOK 19 April 2019 21:45
potless

PSa test no sex for 3 days prior

Recommended Posts

Had the PSA test myself and the doctor never mentioned the "no sex" rule. Fortunately it was negative anyway. Good advice though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

The medical literature suggests that ejaculation can raise serum PSA by a small amount (not more than about 5%) and the vast majority of patients return to baseline within a day. Its not really that significant.

Of more significance would be prostate infection or inflammation, e.g. due to DRE, prostate massage, receiving anal sex etc.

If you dropped from 8.4 down to 2.8 over six weeks then something else was going on....

Edited by HauptmannUK
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, HauptmannUK said:

The medical literature suggests that ejaculation can raise serum PSA by a small amount (not more than about 5%) and the vast majority of patients return to baseline within a day. Its not really that significant.

Of more significance would be prostate infection or inflammation, e.g. due to DRE, prostate massage, receiving anal sex etc.

If you dropped from 8.4 down to 2.8 over six weeks then something else was going on....

 

This is correct. One should abstain from all sex (inc. masturbation) for 3 days before a PSA, but if you do not the effect won't be that much. A percentage point maybe.

 

Even more important is nto to have digital rectal exam prior to the test, rather should be done after. Sometimes it happens that the decision to do a PSA is made only after the rectal exam shows enlargement. If so, should come back a few days later for it. Doing the PSA after a rectal exam will elevate the result.

 

the other thing to know is that PSA levels do flunctuate, sometimes by as much as 20%, so a high result should always be repeated before taking action based on it.

 

In addition, lab errors do occur. Another reason to repeat tests that give unexpected results.

 

That said, the extent of drop you report is more than one would expect so one does wonder if there was some inflammation present at the first test.

 

Unless it is off the wall high, biopsy would usually not be recommended based on PSA result alone. Rather a combination of factors including how the prostate feels on manual exam and absence of other explanatory factors (like signs of prostatitis or UTI(. . Imaging studies can provide further help.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't know that, & I really must have PSA, this information is very useful.

 

And Sheryl, thank you for all your invaluable advice.

 

However, being in my 60's, going 'without' for 3 days  is quite easy. :laugh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a urine test for a possible infection which proved negative but there could have been other factors of which I am unaware. The doctor did a digital check a week after the initial blood test and found nothing untoward. As Sheryl states, a digital examination before the test may affect the result. What about a bowel movement? Particularly if a person was constipated .Would that not be more disruptive to that particular area? Just curious. The fact remains that my doctor recommended a biopsy that I didnt need. Perhaps another doctor may have taken a different course of action i.e. further tests. As Sheryl states, one test may not suffice. Good luck to Faraday. Hope all is okay. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting comments and advice, I've had my PSA checked every year for a number of years and it's always fallen within the guidelines, 2 tests back it was slightly elevated and the doctor immediately asked, sex in the last couple of  days - yes, ok come back in 6 months and we will check again but no sex for a few days - PSA level was back down to normal on this test. 

So to get a fair and accurate test - - no sex - OK. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, potless said:

I had a urine test for a possible infection which proved negative but there could have been other factors of which I am unaware. The doctor did a digital check a week after the initial blood test and found nothing untoward. As Sheryl states, a digital examination before the test may affect the result. What about a bowel movement? Particularly if a person was constipated .Would that not be more disruptive to that particular area? Just curious. The fact remains that my doctor recommended a biopsy that I didnt need. Perhaps another doctor may have taken a different course of action i.e. further tests. As Sheryl states, one test may not suffice. Good luck to Faraday. Hope all is okay. 

 

You might like to consider a change of urologists.

 

If you had a urine test for possible infection you must have been symptomatic of an infection? May have had some prostate inflammation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sheryl,I didnt see a urologist. Just 2 different U.K. G.P.s. Had a urine flow problem initially. Maybe I should have mentioned that but I tried to keep my original post as short as possible. I dont seek to pan G.P.s as I would not fancy the job myself. I just want raise awareness. I have learned more from your input than the G,P.s. Thanks for that. 

.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...