- Cycling has no appreciable effect on urologic disease or sexual dysfunction in either men or women.
Why this matters
- There have long been questions about risks associated with prolonged perineal pressure in men and women who regularly bike.
- Two studies from the University of California at San Francisco evaluated the affect of cycling on the sexual health and urinary functions of nearly 4000 male and 2691 female athletes.
- Male cyclists have no worse erectile function than non-cyclists.
- Cycling does not affect male lower urinary tract symptoms.
- Male cyclists had a higher average Sexual Health Inventory for Men score (20.1 vs. 18.9, P<.01) than non-cyclists.
- Male cyclists had higher odds of perineal numbness.
- Cardiovascular benefits of exercise...