Good for the environment, a great way to stay fit, an excellent way to travel, a practical means of transportation—there are just so many advantages cycling can bring. There is no doubt that the sport is one of the most popular we have today because of the numerous benefits you can gain from it. However, there are studies suggesting that male cyclists are actually at risk of having some health issues because of regular cycling.
Different studies reveal that the impact of a bike’s saddle on the groin area can greatly affect men’s reproductive organ and its function.
According to a study led by Dr. Ferdinand Frauscher, a urology-radiology specialist at University Hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, lower sperm production may result from the impact of cycling to the groin.
In addition, Mr. Vinod Nargund, a consultant urological surgeon from St Bartholomew’s and Homerton Hospitals in London advised that cyclists may experience genital numbness, erection problems and soreness and skin irritations in the groin area due to direct contact of the rider with the bike’s seat.
A research conducted by the Massachusetts Male Aging Study revealed that men who go cycling for more than three hours a week are at a risk of getting erectile dysfunction.
However, you don’t have to give up cycling for fear of impotency or getting ED. A research by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) discovered that the saddle is to blame for the health risks caused by cycling. You can avoid these health problems by carefully choosing the right bike with the perfect seat that will give you adequate protection.
Mr. Vinod Nargund also added that having the right bike is essential in preventing saddle-related problems. He also emphasized how important pedal resistance is as well as proper adjustment of the saddle when cycling.
As the saying goes: It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t have to stop cycling; although, it won’t hurt to include other exercises to your workout routine rather than just sticking to cycling exclusively, just to be safe.