How Long Should I Stop Cycling Before A PSA Test?

Author: Kier

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We know how hard it is for an avid cyclist to step off the bike for a couple of days. However, it’s important to keep your biking to a minimum if you want an accurate PSA (prostate specific antigen) test result.

PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland; this test checks the amount of PSA present in your blood. It’s an important tool in detecting prostate cancer early.

Your PSA score also changes constantly, so it’s essential to take regular PSA tests to ensure your prostate health and keep pedaling without worries!

Research suggests that men often ignore symptoms associated with elevated PSA levels, but the average risk of prostate cancer increases with age.

If you want accurate readings, this article covers how to determine what affects your PSA levels and what you can do to prepare for your PSA test.

Key Takeaways

  • PSA levels can increase by 9.5% following cycling activities.
  • Don’t cycle for at least 48 hours before a PSA test.
  • Urinary tract infections and sexual activity can interfere with PSA readings.
  • Don’t go for a PSA test after a recent surgery.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor to get specific medical advice.


I am not a certified health professional. The tips and information provided in this article are based on personal experience and research. Please consult with a healthcare provider for professional advice.

How Cycling Affects PSA Levels

Cycling is directly linked to prostate health; it actively lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Your PSA levels can increase by around 9.5% immediately following intense cycling workouts, such as cycling tours or races.

Excessive activity like this causes physical stress and inflammation, which can cause your PSA level to rise temporarily. This is generally due to the tension on the pelvic area from spending too many hours on the saddle.

The increase is not usually a major concern, but if you cycle directly before a test, your PSA test results can be inaccurate.

However, regularly cycling can play an important role in boosting your immune system, so keep those wheels turning!

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How Long To Stop Cycling Before A PSA Test

You should definitely avoid cycling (and any other intense exercise) for at least two days before your PSA test. We know it can be disruptive to your exercise routine, but hopping off your bike will prevent some anxiety when it’s test time.

Regular cycling puts strain on your body, sometimes resulting in an elevated PSA. Give yourself some time to relax before your test – take a cheat day, even!

We don’t want you to end up with major anxiety because of a false reading, and then waste your money on seeing another urologist.

Other Factors That Can Affect PSA Levels

It’s widely known that having a urinary tract infection, prostate cancer, or other prostate conditions can affect PSA levels. It’s also best to hold back on taking the test if you’ve recently gone for a prostate biopsy or you happen to have a catheter in your bladder.

We hate to tell you this, but your bedroom activities can also play an unfortunate role in your PSA levels. Research shows that sex and recent ejaculation can cause your PSA to skyrocket.

It’s important to keep these factors in mind so that you don’t end up with a false reading and end up thinking you have a fatal prostate condition.

Tips For Preparing For A PSA Test

The thought of going for a test can be a bit daunting for some people. It’s not like other tests; the result can change the way you live your life going forward. Here are five tips for preparing for a PSA test:

  • Write down all medication and supplements you are currently taking to make sure your doctor is informed. Some drugs can temporarily raise or lower your PSA levels.
  • Avoid cycling, intense exercise, and any sexual interactions/intercourse for at least 48 hours before your appointment.
  • If you’ve recently had surgery, you should wait approximately six weeks before taking the test.
  • Make sure you drink enough water. You may have to provide a urine sample for your doctor.
  • Keep calm! If you’re feeling under pressure, your PSA levels can fluctuate.

Schedule A PSA Test And Talk To Your Doctor

Cycling enthusiasts should schedule a PSA test if they have not done so already. It’s helpful to have an honest discussion about prostate health with your doctor, especially in light of prostate cancer risks.

PSA testing can detect any anomalies, which can be due to a variety of prostate conditions or simply the result of age. Remember, early detection is crucial for successful cancer treatment.

A quick talk and a PSA test can offer important information about your prostate health, allowing you to enjoy your daily ride while keeping an eye out for any potential pressure on prostate cells.


What is a PSA blood test?

A PSA test is a blood test used to help determine if a patient has prostate cancer. PSA stands for prostate specific antigen.

Does cycling increase PSA levels?

Yes, cycling can temporarily increase PSA levels by approximately 9.5%. You should hold off exercising for at least 48 hours before a test.

What activities should you avoid before a PSA test?

Any vigorous exercise, such as cycling, intercourse, and ejaculation should be avoided at least two days before a PSA test.

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Kier focuses on improving all things bike, and is always looking to take his ability to a new average (hopefully a higher one!). When not on the bike Kier is normally downing coffee and cake.
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