Back to Men's health. Before having a PSA test to test for prostate cancer, men shouldn't have ejaculated during the previous 48 hours. Semen released during sexual activity can cause prostate-specific antigen PSA levels to rise temporarily, which may affect the test results.
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. The PSA test for prostate cancer is surprisingly controversial.
The prostate-specific antigen blood test PSA test is a screening test. It measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen PSA in a man's blood. PSA is a chemical made by the prostate.
The Wellness Letter of The University of California, Berkeley, reported several studies showed ejaculation could falsely increase PSA levels somewhat, at least in men 50 and older -- the age group most screened -- thus misleadingly indicating increased cancer risk. Prostate specific antigen is a protein produced in the prostate gland and found at high concentration in semen. The PSA test detects how much is spilling into the blood -- there should be very little -- elevated blood levels may be a sign of cancer, but also of an enlarged prostate or a prostate infection. Health News.
Where's the evidence? Younger men Older men Comment What is the prostate gland for? Its principal physiological function is to manufacture the fluid that nurtures spermatozoa.
Did you know that nearly 30, men die each year from prostate cancer. That's half the capacity of the Superdome. That's the bad news.
World Journal of Urology. To identify the effect of orgasm on serum prostate-specific antigen PSA levels, a prospective trial before and after orgasm was performed in 14 healthy colleagues aged 32—62 years mean, PSA determinations were performed on serum samples obtained before and after orgasm.
You've made you're appointment with the urologist for your annual PSA test. Whether a man looks forward to this doctor's visit or not, it is a necessary part of screening for any issues that may be affecting the prostate gland. A PSA, or prostate specific antigen test, is a simple blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen present in the blood. PSA is a protein that men have in their blood which is released by the prostate gland.
The oncologist said that you should not have sex within 72 hours before a PSA test, as this would spike the results. Can you please explain how this occurs? And also how sex affects PSA in general.