Anyone having there psa levels monitored and if so what do you not do before and how long before the test. Ive been on active surveillance for 4 years. Thanks
I have the wrong anatomy to have had one myself but it’s just a blood test and I’ve had hundreds of them .
Specifically for a PSA test, the NHS website says:
Before having the test
If you’re having a PSA test, you should not have:
- ejaculated in the past 48 hours
- exercised heavily in the past 48 hours
- a urinary infection
- had a prostate biopsy in the past 6 weeks
Each of these may give an inaccurate PSA reading.
Otherwise, I think you just pitch up and they take blood.
Been having them for over 10 years and never had any do/don’ts said to me - certainly never been advised not to ejaculate in the previous 48 hours (I’d definitely remember that one ) - I’ve always carried on as normal, rocked up, offered arm and not thought any more about it.
As @Peitho has already said, avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours before the test and I’ve been told that definitely includes cycling which puts a lot of pressure on the perineum area and can skew the results.
Thanks I’ve be told cycling. Just got to suck it and see. Thanks all
Thanks I like your style.
I’m in the same boat - had some problems and prostate cancer runs in the family, so getting tested regularly. I’ve been lucky and had it done on Monday mornings so a quiet Sunday is a nice end to the week and shouldn’t affect anything! Good luck with it
I had one recently and doctor told me not to ejaculate for 48 hours beforehand
I’ve been tested regularly for a few years now (I’m on a testosterone supplement} and I make no special preparations apart from avoiding anal penetration the day before.
So glad to see someone highlight this matter. I have seen several close family members suffer with this so I’ve been testing for a few years now and all so far is good.
For those gents who are over 50, PLEASE GO AND GET YOUR PSA TESTED, it’s only a blood test.
Well said mr amp mrs DLPS. I don’t think it is talked about or publicised enough not like woman’s breast screening.