Cycling is popular all around the world as a means of transport, an activity to keep fit, and also as a competitive sport. The fact that cycling is an enjoyable outdoor activity cannot be debated. In recent years, however, several questions have been raised with regards to how frequent cycling affects men’s sexual health. Many men were bothered by suggestions that long or frequent cycling could cause some damage on the male sexual organs leading to erectile dysfunction.
These revelations seemed plausible considering the fact that during cycling the bicycle’s saddle is continuously in contact with the male sexual organs. These organs are subjected to a lot of friction as a result, which sometimes causes soreness and bruising around the genital area. Several studies were conducted to shed more light on this issue. Most of these studies, however, produced inconclusive results due to poor research methods and limited funding.
A recent study conducted across five countries has nevertheless been able to debunk this mystery. The extensive research whose findings were published in the Journal of Urology took place in Canada, US, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and involved over 2600 active cyclists. The study also included several hundred swimmers and runners to act as a control group.
Over a period of several months, the cyclists were allowed to take part in the activity of high-intensity and low-intensity cycling routines. Their sexual and urinary tract health was regularly monitored and documented over the period and compared to that of swimmers and runners.
The research concluded that cycling did not lead to erectile dysfunction. In fact, according to the findings, high-intensity cycling was actually beneficial for men’s sexual health. When the cyclists’ erectile function was compared to that of the swimmers and runners, there were no notable differences. It was observed through this study that cycling led to several health benefits such as improved fitness and cardiovascular health. And these benefits are directly linked to increased libido and sustained erections.
However, the study found that cyclists were more prone to urinary tract problems. With regards to the urinary tract problems and bruising around the genital area brought about by intensive cycling, the researchers provided safety recommendations to prevent such problems. For example, cyclists are advised to always ensure that their handle bars are positioned at approximately the same height as the saddle to reduce friction.
These new findings will definitely provide a huge relief to men who shied away from riding their bicycles in fear of hurting their sexual health.