Music Lessen Your Prostate Biopsy Anxiety and Pain

Did you know, scientists have found music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function? Music also has the potential to help people with neurological deficits and calm those going through stressful situations. 

The latter of the two points is especially true for male patients undergoing prostate biopsies. At Affiliated Urologists, we are dedicated to delivering the best possible patient care. If you’re feeling anxious before your prostate biopsy, talk to one of our physicians about ways to relax prior to the procedure.

Many studies have been conducted on music and its effect on men undergoing prostate biopsies. In a study administered by a team of physicians at Duke University in 2012, 88 prostate biopsy patients were recruited and randomly divided into three test groups:

  • Individuals without headphones
  • Individuals with headphones but no music
  • Individuals with headphones playing Bach concertos. 

Patients filled out questionnaires assessing their pain and anxiety levels before and after their procedures. Researchers also took the blood pressure of patients before and after their biopsies. For the men in the first two study groups, blood pressure levels increased. For those listening to classical music on their headphones, however, there was no significant increase in blood pressure levels.

The scientists also saw that pain scores from the questionnaires increased for all three groups, but the men in the third music group reported the lowest levels. A similar study conducted by researchers in Korea also found lower anxiety levels in men who listened to classical music during their biopsy. This suggests music can be beneficial in reducing pain and anxiety.

Additional studies are being conducted to explore new ways to reduce pain, discomfort, and stress. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to relax before a minimally invasive test or procedure. Meditating may sound silly, but it’s actually an effective way to reduce stress and bring about a sense of calm. Research has suggested meditation can manage the symptoms of conditions like asthma, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, sleep problems, and pain. Other techniques could include light yoga, exercise, writing it out or self-massage.

If meditating or some of the other items listed are not your forte, talk to your Affiliated Urologist physician about other strategies and ways to relax.

Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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