Cycling and erection problems
Cycling has only recently been recognised as a cause of erectile dysfunction. The most common problem is simply falling onto the crossbar – at 20 mph this puts a quarter of a ton of force on the key blood vessel and nerves running to the penis. But it seems that regular cycling could, over time, have a similar effect.
Doctors have measured a 66% average reduction in blood flow through the artery running to the penis when cyclists sit on a thin saddle, and a 25% reduction on a wide saddle. Over time, there can be permanent changes to the artery's shape and performance.
If you're a regular cyclist and suffer from ED, mention this possible link to your doctor. Take steps to protect yourself, too, by padding the cycle's crossbar, fitting a wider saddle and standing up in the pedals every 10 minutes or so to help keep the blood flowing.
Page created on February 28th, 2010
Page updated on October 25th, 2010