Male cyclists should stand on pedals to avoid damage to private parts during rides, study finds
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It’s no secret that the life of a regular cyclist can be dangerous – from heavy traffic to faulty equipment – but researchers are now bringing a new threat into the fray: warning male cyclists to hold on tighter during long journeys to avoid “crushing” privacy. rooms.
Researchers reviewed 22 studies on saddle soreness and explored the best possible solutions, including a unique “noseless” seat that focuses on redirecting pressure from the male cyclist’s genitals.
The review of the study, from Wroclaw Medical University in Poland, was published in the journal Sports medicine and genital numbness correlated with poor riding technique and, often, the wrong type of bike.
“There is a suggestion that nerve damage from the pressure of cycling can lead to loss of sensation and erection problems,” explained reproductive medicine consultant Dr. Ippokratis Sarris. Daily Mail. “Cycling is linked to infertility, but much more research is needed.”
Similarly, Kamil Litwinowicz, lead author of the review at the Medical University of Wroclaw, explains that “many men experience discomfort when cycling and this can lead to sexual problems.
“However, there is also strong evidence that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to erectile dysfunction, so cycling as a form of activity could reduce this risk. We don’t want men to stop cycling, but rather to looking at things like standing on the pedals or using another saddle.”
Litwinowicz’s comments follow a similar scientific review of six studies which found that male cyclists were twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction problems because bike seats can put pressure on nerves and slow down cycling. blood flow.
Conversely, other studies have found no link between numbness – caused by regular cycling – and erectile dysfunction. With 91% of male cyclists regularly experiencing numbness, the evidence needed to link it to erectile dysfunction remains mixed.
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