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Eur Urol. 1997;32(1):54-7.

Postejaculation serum prostate-specific antigen level.

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Department of Urology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel.



This study was carried out to determine whether ejaculation may modify the serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and to investigate whether postejaculation serum PSA may play a role in male hypofertility work-up.


Serum PSA concentration was determined before and 1 h after ejaculation in 18 healthy men (group A) and in 16 men with male-factor infertility (group B). PSA change (delta) was recorded and analyzed.


Postejaculation serum PSA differed significantly from basal levels (p = 0.0037 by the Wilcoxon signed rank test). Following ejaculation, a rise was noticed in 74% of subjects. The median relative change in PSA concentration was 54%. No difference in respect to mean, median and relative change was observed between study groups. In two cases (6%), PSA rose from normal level to more than 4 ng/ml.


A significant postejaculation serum PSA elevation does occur, it is thus recommended that men abstain from ejaculation for 24 h prior to PSA sampling. Postejaculation PSA was not found to significantly correlate with hypofertility.

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