Can Sexual Activity before a PSA Test Elevate PSA Level?

Jay Motola Health Pro February 18, 2009
  • Dear Dr. Motola,


    Can sexual activity just before a PSA blood test make PSA results jump from 2 to 12?



    PSA testing immediately after sexual activity remains controversial.  The most widely held belief is that patients should wait 3 days after sexual activity prior to obtaining a PSA, however some recent studies suggest that sexual activity will not cause a rise.  Repeating the PSA after 3 days of abstinence will be the easiest way to resolve this.



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