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Old 05-16-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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sex and psa levals

will having sex increase psa

 
Old 05-18-2009, 12:07 PM   #2
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Re: sex and psa levals

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will having sex increase psa
It has been suggested that having sex before a PSA test will elevate the number. By how much I don't know. For the most accurate reading, you should probably refrain for a few days prior to the test.

 
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:03 PM   #3
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Re: sex and psa levals

that what my doc said it would increase and that is why my was 6.5 then it went to a 2.63

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:28 AM   #4
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Re: sex and psa levals

I have also read it will elevate the psa number but I have not viewed any studies as to a specific amount. I would think there are many variables - time between sex and psa test, health condition of the testee, diet befor and after, initial psa level and so forth. 2.63 and 6.5 are still in the single digit ball park - it is not like it raised from 2.6 to 100 so I don't know if it would be siginificent - either way the doc's are looking at 2.6 as higher than the goal of zero.

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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Re: sex and psa levals

Here's a posting on this board from 2007 that has some good referenced information; review this:

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showpost.php?p=3234026&postcount=5


The natural stimulation of the prostate gland during sexual activity increases the amount of PSA in the blood stream above the individual's "normal" level, but after sex the temporary incremental amount of PSA gradually diminishes over time until the individual's "normal" level is re-estabilshed. No two people's bodies are exactly the same, so (i) the incremental increase in PSA during sexual activity, and (ii) the duration of time needed to diminish the incremental amount after sex, will vary. The general rule of thumb appears to consistently be to abstain from sex at least 48 hours before PSA testing---this was what my doctor told me to do, and what I have read repeatedly.

Also, note (in reference to the posting immediately below) that the "goal" of a man with a prostate—even a non-cancerous prostate—will not be zero. A normally functioning prostate will produce a nominal level of PSA measured in the blood stream. Cancer cells in the prostate produce PSA at roughly 20X the rate of non-cancerous prostate cells.

 
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