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PSA and Erectile Dysfunction

PSA or prostate-specific antigen test are a means of helping detect prostate cancer or recurrences of prostate cancer in men. PSA levels are taken from the blood and then compared to the baseline for that patient. For the PSA test to be accurate, a man cannot be on hormone therapy for prostate cancer, as this can cause PSA levels to be higher or lower than normal. If a patient has a high or very low PSA level, another prostate-specific antigen test may be required.

The PSA reference ranges for determining high or low levels based on age. Age specific ranges are commonly used to help detect prostate cancer with the PSA test. PSA tests are recommended for any man who has a medical history of prostate cancer, uses ED pumps or penis pumps by request of the doctor or has impotence or erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction or Impotence most always has underlying causes that include but are not limited to hypertension, hypotension, atherosclerosis, heart disease, prostatitis, prostate cancer, drug or alcohol use, medication side effects and stress. Therefore any man with these conditions is recommended to get a PSA test completed annually along with a rectal exam.

The PSA test is most always done along with a rectal exam to determine prostatitis or prostate cancer, as the two commonly present physically in the same ways. If using ED pumps or penis pumps, men may not notice a major change in sexual health and the PSA test can be used to determine underlying factors. Although this is not the only way of finding prostate cancer, it is less invasive than prostate biopsies and if no cancer symptoms are seen, the test is simply a diagnostic helping hand. PSA cannot always detect cancers, and there are false positive and negative tests. It is best to have the test run more than once.

 

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