Most Motorcyclists Have Erectile Dysfunction

Motorcycle riders conjure up the image of the Hell’s Angels, rugged individualists and all-around bad-asses. While that may be true, according to Japanese researchers, most can’t get it up. Sixty-nine percent of the 234 bikers in their study had erectile dysfunction (ED). The problem worsened with age: 58 percent in 20- to 29-year-olds; 63 percent in 30- to 39-year-olds; 76 percent in 40- to 49-year-olds and 93 percent of 50- to 59-year-olds. Bike seat compression and vibration causes injury to the nerves and blood vessels around the penis, which leads to ED. Bikers also had a higher incidence of back pain, hemorrhoids and high blood pressure. Hard-padded saddles seem to make the problem worse. Bicycle riders have similar problems, but the prevalence of ED is worse in motorcycle riders. (International Journal Impotence Research, 18: 396-399, 2006)