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PSA test and aneros
  • darwindarwin
    Posts: 1,195
    there is a recent thread about prostate cancer and prostate massage. i think it is a good one to pay attention to.

    i want to report a related issue. i recently had a PSA test. it went up from 1.9 to 3.6 in a couple of years. that's a big jump and according to my age my uro recommended a biopsy (of the prostate).

    i didn't exactly want to go there. luckily my regular doc said that the PSA can be sensitive to pelvic floor physical therapy i was having (basically massage of the pelvic floor muscles to relieve chronic pain there) and also to prostate massage.

    the half-life of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) is 2-3 days. so, i figured i should lay off of the physical therapy and prostate stimulation for about a week.

    after the week's rest, my PSA went down to 2.7 which is only a smidgen over "normal" for my age.

    anybody else had elevated PSA on account of the aneros?

    darwin
  • B MayfieldB Mayfield
    Posts: 2,077
    Hi D,

    It is quite normal to observe an elevated PSA with ANY kind of prostate activity whether that's prostate massage or even ejaculation! Last year I had an ultrasound performed on my prostate (the doctor used a condom around it....yet another reason I dislike condoms, lol). Afterwards I was given a prescription slip to have a PSA done. The prescription was stamped with a warning advising that I wait 48-72 hours after a sonogram, DRE, or ejaculation before having blood drawn.

    I'm pretty sure that an Aneros session would fall into the same category. Ongoing bouts of prostatitis can also effect one's PSA (if you're having a flare-up your numbers will be higher).

    When I have a urologist appointment scheduled, I normally lay off my Aneros activities for a week prior.

    BF Mayfield



  • support
    Posts: 229

    Originally Posted By: darwin
    there is a recent thread about prostate cancer and prostate massage. i think it is a good one to pay attention to.

    i want to report a related issue. i recently had a PSA test. it went up from 1.9 to 3.6 in a couple of years. that's a big jump and according to my age my uro recommended a biopsy (of the prostate).

    i didn't exactly want to go there. luckily my regular doc said that the PSA can be sensitive to pelvic floor physical therapy i was having (basically massage of the pelvic floor muscles to relieve chronic pain there) and also to prostate massage.

    the half-life of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) is 2-3 days. so, i figured i should lay off of the physical therapy and prostate stimulation for about a week.

    after the week's rest, my PSA went down to 2.7 which is only a smidgen over "normal" for my age.

    anybody else had elevated PSA on account of the aneros?

    darwin


    Hi Darwin,

    Exactly, after any type of prostate stimulation, including a digital rectal exam, PSAs levels become artificially inflated. This includes using the Aneros as well. After a few days the level will go down to your "normal" level. Therefore we recommend that you don't take a PSA test immediately after a session with your Aneros.

    Thanks!
    The Aneros Staff