Can Cycling Cause ED?

When a pressure or force struck your genitals, what is your initial reaction? It hurts right? Remember that any pain on your junk is the least pain you want to experience. Putting pressure on your manhood for too long is not a good plan either. Never!

What About Cycling?

Think what happens to your genitals while pressed against a bike seat. After a long bike ride, pretty sure your butt hurts after getting off. Where else does the pressure go during the entire duration of cycling? Yes, you are right Rod!

For hardcore cyclists, acquiring erectile dysfunction is very possible. The longterm pressure on the pudendal nerve, the central nerve of the perineum, could cause damage and may result in loss of sensation in the groin area. The nerve carries sensation from your external genitalia and the skin around the anus and perineum. Serious cyclists can injure the area due to continuous seat pressure, which may cause nerve compression and nerve injury.

Advise From Specialists

Men who ride bikes more than occasionally are more likely to be affected. The design of the bicycle seat is usually related to complaints of pain, discomfort, and other health concerns. Serious cyclists are advised to replace the seat with a more appropriate and comfortable one. Also, change positions frequently especially on long rides and make sure to wear padded bike shorts or sports attire.

Avoid Any Pressure

Cycling or biking is an excellent form of cardio exercise as it burns calories and strengthens heart performance.

However, prolonged cycling activity can be bad news for your Joe because of the pressure and the bulk of the weight on the perineum. Men who do cycling activity for more than three hours every week are more at risk.

Remember that cycling is not the only way you can damage your genital area. According to Paul Nelson, a sexologist and the president of the ED Foundation, any activity where your body weight is on the hard, narrow surface can potentially damage your pudendal nerve.