Hey guys, if you love hitting the road or trails on a sunny day with two wheels, you’ve nothing to worry about. At least when it comes to, you know… your parts.
You might have heard something to the contrary before, but a recent study published in The Journal of Urology has proven this previous science to be wrong.
How? Some studies in the past found cycling to have a negative effect on erectile function. But experts say they lacked the use of comparison groups and also had too few participants. Problems.
So, here’s how it’s been done this time around.
A study completed by researchers in the Department of Urology, University of California-San Francisco involved 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers, and 789 runners.
The participants ranged from high-intensity athletes to recreational enthusiasts. They were asked to fill out questionnaires on a variety of topics, providing insight into their ability to pee comfortably, the quality of their erections, any genital numbness they might be experiencing and how bad their saddle sores were.
The researchers also asked questions about the participants’ bicycles, their seats, their riding clothing and the road conditions they experienced.
Questions were answered about how high handle bars sat, and if riders stood in the saddle while riding or not.
The results? It was found that cyclists who stand for more than 20 percent of the time while cycling experience a lot less genital numbness compared with those who don’t.
Handlebars that sit a little higher reduce numbness and saddle sores. And generally speaking, cyclists have similar urinary health when compared with swimmers and runners.
When it comes to erections, high intensity cyclists have better erectile functions than those of low intensity.
So, strap on your helmet and saddle up without worry. Pedal hard: it’s an open road.
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