There has been some speculation about whether cycling can be detrimental to a man’s sexual or urinary health. A recent study published in the Journal of Urology found that cycling is not detrimental, so keep on pedaling without fear of harming anything down under.
The study was conducted via survey and by recruiting participants through Facebook ads, and through an outreach to sporting clubs. Swimmers and runners were also part of the survey, and part of the comparison group. Out of 5,488 who completed surveys, 3,932 were included in the review.
Researchers were able to determine that cyclists were not experiencing any detriment to their sexual or urinary health, as opposed to swimmers or runners. To determine the results from the survey, researchers used a series of questionnaires including the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM), International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS) and National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI), as well as questions concerning urinary tract infections (UTIs), urethral structures, genital numbness and saddle sores. The survey also asked about the participants’ bikes, their cycling frequency and road conditions.
This is great news for cyclists, who have previously been told that there could be some problems from high-frequency cycling. It seems sexual health and urinary health is not affected as much, according to the newest data. The data did show that cyclists were more prone to urethral stricture. Researchers concluded that increasing standing time while cycling and a higher handlebar height were associated with lower odds of genital sores and numbness.
Awad MA, Gaither TW, et al. Cycling, and Male Sexual and Urinary Function: Results from a Large, Multinational, Cross-Sectional Study. The Journal of Urology 2017