Can riding a bike cause Erectile Dysfunction?
What is the relationship between cycling and sexuality?
Can cycling lead to impotency?
According to a new study led by Benjamin Breyer, department of urology (University of California, San Francisco), riding a bike doesn’t cause erectile dysfunction, does not make cyclist impotent, and cyclists do not face any sexual problems.
Background of this study
Before this study, there was a medical fact that both high and low-intensity cycling is a major reason for the following physical problems:
- Perineal pain that can lead to impotence, and skin ulcers
- Numbness of genitals
- Hampers men’s sexual life and urinary function
- Impact a person’s ability to have and keep up an erection
This study nullifies all the above facts.
Results of This Study
Here are their findings:
Cycling and sexuality
- They found cyclists’ sexual and urinary health same when they compared with the swimmers’ and runners’ group. But they found some cyclists were at more risk to face urethral strictures.
|Athlete Groups||Sexual Health||Urinary Health||Urethral Strictures|
|Cyclists||Same||Same||Prone to have urethral strictures|
Does Cycling Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
- An interestingly finding was: the high-intensity bicyclists’ group had better erectile scores when compared with that of the low-intensity cyclists’ group. Neither the bike type nor on what surface the cyclists were riding on have had any negative effects on cyclists.
|High-Intensity Group||Better Erection|
- The cyclist who adjusted the height of their handlebars lower than the saddle height did increase the possibility of facing saddle sores and genital numbness.
How to Reduce Genital Numbness?
- Cyclists who were cycling 20% of their cycling time in standing position drastically lessened the consequences of genital numbness.
About Sample Data
- Three athlete groups
- Cyclists (2774)
- Swimmers (539)
- And Runners (789)
Surveyed on the following topics
- Many aspects of sexual health related to athletic activities
- UTI – Urinary tract infections
- Urethral Strictures (shrinking of the urethra caused by injury)
- Saddle sores
- Genital numbness
What Bicyclists were Asked
- Their bike types
- Whether they use padded shorts while they are cycling and the frequency of using padded shorts
- Type of saddles
- Saddle angle
- Height of their handlebars
- % of time they stand out of their saddles while riding
- On which surface type they normally ride on
Cyclists were grouped into two categories
- High-intensity group
- Who cycle more than 2 years
- Cyclists that ride more than 3 times a week
- And average riding distance is above 25 miles a day
- Low-intensity group
- Group that meet none of the above criteria
- Athletic activities with and without perineal pressure
- Cycling intensity
- Road conditions
Way of survey
- Facebook ads
- Outreach to sporting clubs for athletes
Comments from American Scientists
American scientists’ group denied these outcomes for the following reasons:
- They say these studies lacked the use of approved measures or comparison groups
- This study considered small sample sizes
Cycling Erectile Dysfunction Recovery
Still are you worried? Read this article to be extra careful while adjusting seat position and choosing a saddle for your bike.