With the Tour de France 2008 well under way, an interesting article has surfaced looking at the effects of cycling and male sexual health. Specifically that cyclists could suffer sexual problems if they do not use the correct bike.
The report by a Urology Consultant and Surgeon (Vinod Nargund) from St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England, and published in the online Urology Journal BJU International, claims that the act of cycling puts pressure on nerves and blood vessels which can affect a mans sperm count, and that cycling also restricts the flow of blood and generates heat which could result in me having difficulty with erections, and other aspects of male sexual health.
It is estimated that over sixty per cent of men who cycle experience genital numbness, due to the bicycle saddle making contact were the nerves and blood vessels enter the back of the scrotum and penis.
Additionally, both mountain bikers and those who cycle with too much pedal resistance are at greatest risk of impacting on their male sexual health.
While there is no clear established link between cycling and male infertility, it is a conceivable side effect.
In order to avoid male sexual problems men must choose the right bike, with the appropriate frame, and make the proper adjustments for height, posture, and balance. Always use a padded saddle and cycling shorts are essential. Take regular rest periods, and when possible cycle in lower gear.
So take care and protect your male sexual health.
Enjoy the Tour!