Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Ask the doctor

This quarter, urologist William DeWolf, M.D., a member of Perspectives' editorial board, answers your questions about prostate health

Q. I am an avid bicyclist, and I am having a prostate biopsy in a few weeks. How long do I need to wait after the biopsy before I can start biking again?

A. Although most men can return to work and resume most normal activities the same day, I recommend that patients avoid vigorous exercise and weight lifting for several days to be sure that any rectal or urinary bleeding has stopped. As for activities that put pressure on the prostate, such as riding a horse, motorcycle, or bicycle, I'd hold off for about one to four weeks, depending on any history of prostatitis and the amount of exercise you want to do.

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