Don’t worry: your bike does not create sex problems

Cycle without anxiety. Two new studies have disproved cyclists’ concerns about cycling’s impact on sexual and urinary health. According to the study results presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, cycling has no "significant effect" on the genitourinary or sexual functions in both men and women. Let’s back-peddle for a moment. In addition to the beneficial effects of cycling (and physical activity in general) on health, the scientific community has long wondered about the possible risks associated with prolonged pressure made by the bicycle seat on the perineal area. It was feared that this was connected to pain, back problems, and erectile dysfunction in men and sexual dysfunction in women. Both studies were the results of two surveys carried out on 4,000 male athletes and 2,700 female athletes (cyclists but also other types of sports, including swimmers and runners) which showed that male competitive cyclists have the same levels of erectile dysfunction as anyone else, and that cycling has no appreciable effect on sexual or urinary function in women. The type of bicycle seat does not appear to influence urogenital health.

Awad, M., Gaither, T., Chumnarnsongkhroh, T., Metzler I., Sanford T., and Murphy G., PD45-05 The Impact of Cycling on Men's Sexual and Urinary Functions, The Journal of Urology (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018