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Male Cyclists Risk Sexual Problems If They Don't Choose The Right Bike

Original post made by woody on Jul 9, 2008

Men who take up cycling in an effort to stay fit, do their bit for the environment or avoid spiralling motoring costs, could be harming their health if they don't choose the right bicycle.

The problems to look out for include genital numbness, erection problems and soreness and skin irritations in the groin area.

Men who cycle a lot can also experience changes to their sperm function, because of the excessive heat generated in the pelvic area.

Regular cyclists also run a higher risk of testicular damage and impaired testicular function.

Mountain bikers run a particular risk, says Mr Nargund, as studies have shown that they exhibit higher levels of scrotal abnormalities than on-road cyclists.

More than 60 per cent of male cyclists who have taken part in research studies have reported genital numbness.

There is a greater incidence of numbness and erectile problems in men who cycle regularly and over longer training distances.Web Link

Comments (13)

Posted by mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm



That is a disturbing statistic that 60% of cyclists are damaged,

Is this permanent? is there a cure?

I am glad I use a motorcycle.


Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm

This issue has been well known in the cycling community for quite some time. People that experience it, typically have to choose a different saddle, or have their saddle leveled properly.

"That is a disturbing statistic that 60% of cyclists are damaged"

That was his study. It's not clear his study extrapolates to the general population from the article.

"I am glad I use a motorcycle"

So are you promoting this as a safer healthier alternative to bicycling? ;^)


Posted by sue, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:56 pm



The 60% incidence is valid if you read the report,

I feel that this information should be shared at schools to prevent tragedies later in life such as impotence and sterility


Posted by Read it quick, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Now we know for whom the term "numb nuts" was coined.....


Posted by Dave, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

This presents a certain dilemma in liberal Palo Alto.

It becomes a choice, at the extreme, of reducing carbon footprint vs. barren marriages.

Imagine a scenario where the 10th grade teacher, in Palo Alto, lectures her male students about the danger of joining the military:

"If you guys want to have granchildren, don't listen to the military recruiters! Why don't you commit, with enthusiasm, to reduce the carbon footprint?"

Clearly, the answer, back to the teacher is that it is much safer to join the military, if one wants to have grandchildren.


Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2008 at 3:39 pm

sue,

"I feel that this information should be shared at schools to prevent tragedies later in life such as impotence and sterility"

I'm sure they will embrace your desire to be a parent volunteer. Go for it.


Posted by sara n, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm



The fewer people the less global warming so these bicyclists are doing the rest of us a favor by not making babies.

Very altruistic


Posted by paul h, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2008 at 12:26 pm



This syndrome has been known about for some time but is typically faced with denial.

Customers should be informed of the risks at the time of purchase and children should be educated as to the dangers to their reproductive organs with a view to prevention


Posted by mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm



I have not noticed that cyclists have higher pitched voices than motorists, no castratti choirs---- yet.

You would think some one could invent a cooling mechanism, of course that does not help with the blunt force trauma.


Posted by jr, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm

1. Riding a bike is dangerous no matter how considerate the drivers, at least in the car-intensive cities of the United States (maybe not in Amsterdam). Furthermore accidents and potential accidents impose costs on both parties and more generally Coasian externalities are symmetric. The first best equilibrium involves less mutual contact and the cheapest way to bring that about is probably to discourage biking. (After all, they're the ones who can be scared off with risk of death and dismemberment.) That means road rules which discriminate against the interests of bikers.

2. If a bike has to stop and wait ten seconds for a car, that biker loses ten seconds of travel time. If a car has to stop and wait ten seconds for a bike, the driver loses ten seconds of travel time. The expected loss in distance traveled is much greater for the car, especially in areas where cars are going fast (i.e., the disputed areas when safety is a concern). Furthermore the cars are more likely inhabited by people with a higher value for their time, at least on average if not for every biking blogger.


Posted by Saddle sore, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm

"Clearly, the answer, back to the teacher is that it is much safer to join the military, if one wants to have grandchildren."

I encourage that line of thinking, letting Darwin take care of the rest.


Posted by sar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm



Bikes are for young people.
You can not go to the supermarket in a bike unless your name is David Banner.
People riding bikes smell of sweat and you have to work beside them.

The world will be a gigantic Paris with everybody riding a bike.

A bike is an invitation to assault,robbery or dog bite and ED, there is always viagra for the plumbing problem but not the fertility problem


Posted by sue, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm



Wait! help is on the way Web Link

Could sacrificing a tooth enable some infertile men to father children? That's the goal of researchers in Brazil, who suggest that stem cells from human teeth can be coaxed into becoming sperm by injecting them into the testes of mice.

Irina Kerkis of the Butantan Institute, São Paulo, and her colleagues injected stem cells from the dental pulp of human teeth into the testes of live mice.

The cells seemed to migrate to the tubules where sperm usually mature and differentiate into cells resembling human sperm.

However, the process was inefficient and some of the human cells fused with mouse cells – a problem that would have to be solved before the technique could be used therapeutically.


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