Cycling, at a more demanding or even amateur level, has no negative effects on the health of the genital organs: a study conducted on more than 4,000 people.
I STUDY. For the study 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers and 789 runners were enrolled. Through questionnaires, the researchers recorded information on everyone’s sexual health, indicating possible symptoms of prostate or chronic prostatitis and urinary tract infections, urethral strictures (urethral canal obstruction), genital numbness and saddle sores.
The cyclists then had to specify their habits: how often they went on two wheels, the characteristics of the hardest road, the type of bicycle and saddle.
Finally, they were divided into two groups: one made up of cyclists who for more than two years used the bicycle more than three times a week traveling an average of 40 kilometers a day; the other group composed of those who had none of these requirements.
NO RISK (ALMOST). In the end the data were crossed and what emerged left no doubts: the health benefits of cyclists traveling in safety far outweigh the health risks. And with regard to urinary tract infections, cyclists, swimmers and runners have similar stories.
A shadow, however, is there. If the good news is that those who do cycling on an ongoing basis have a better erectile function than those who do it occasionally, the bad news is that cyclists are more at risk of urethral strictures, which occur when the tube that transports the urine from bladder to the outside narrows abnormally.
STANDING OR SITTING? Finally, it was noted that lowering the handlebars under the saddle (as in racing bikes) increases the probability of genital numbness and saddle sores. The researchers are not yet able to say if this can be an alarm bell for future problems, but certainly the annoying effect can be reduced by standing on foot for at least 20% of the journey.