Thinking about a prostate specific antigen test?

A female doctor and a male patient discuss psa test results.

Routine health screenings play a crucial role in detecting various medical conditions, including prostate cancer. One such screening is the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, which measures the levels of a protein produced by the prostate gland.

To ensure accurate and reliable results, it is essential to be well-prepared for the test. This guide covers the dos and don’ts to help you prepare effectively for a PSA test.

What to avoid before your PSA test

1. Don’t engage in vigorous physical activity

Avoid vigorous physical activity, such as intense workouts or heavy lifting, for at least 48 hours before the PSA test. Strenuous exercise can cause temporary PSA elevation, potentially leading to false results. Also, definitely avoid riding a bike for 7 days.

2. Don’t ejaculate before the test

Ejaculation can temporarily increase PSA levels. It is recommended to abstain from sexual activity, including masturbation, for at least 48 hours before the test to avoid any potential impact on the results.

3. Don’t ignore any urinary symptoms

If you experience any urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty urinating, or blood in urine, inform a GP. These symptoms could be signs of an underlying condition that needs attention, regardless of the outcome of your PSA test. A normal PSA test should not reassure you if you are experiencing symptoms – please speak to a GP.

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Alya Shakir

Alya Shakir

Alya has been responsible for the growth of the clinics, overseeing their expansion and development and creating policies and procedures to ensure optimum patient care and experience. Alya is the registered manager with the Care Quality Commission.

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