Loss of Sensitivity and Other Male Organ Problems from Cycling - How to Avoid Long-term Damage

Loss of Sensitivity and Other Male Organ Problems
from Cycling: How to Avoid Long-term Damage
Cycling is an excellent way to stay healthy, exercising muscles and
providing aerobic benefits at the same time, as well as giving a person
opportunity to enjoy fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine when riding
outdoors. But as many men know, there can be some male organ health
issues associated with cycling. This is especially true for the enthusiast who
engages in lengthy, long-distance excursions. But a new study suggests a
way to help mitigate the issues that sometimes occur.
The problems
Probably the most significant male problems associated with cycling are a
numbness in the member and ED. Not every man experiences either of these
issues, and indeed there is wide variation in the reported incidences.
According to one 2014 retrospective study, the percentage of male cyclists
experiencing numbness varies from a low of 22% to a high of 91%. In terms
of ED, the rate varies from 1.8% to 50%.
While the rate of incidence is not known, it is generally conceded that some
male cyclists experience these male organ problems. The reasoning behind it
is that these problems result from the pressure exerted on the perineum due
to being seated on saddle seats for an extended period of time. Both the
weight of the upper torso on the perineum and the vibrations caused by
cycling are thought to cause pressure which results in “micro-traumas” to the
member and perineum, bringing about the numbness and dysfunction. It is
also believed that the shape and hardness of the selected saddle may play a
significant role.
New study
Entitled “Effect of Oscillation on Perineal Pressure in Cyclists: Implications
for Micro-Trauma,” the article recently appeared in a medical journal on
reproductive health. It was conducted by a team of urologists from the
University of California at San Francisco. In this instance, oscillation
basically refers to the rate of vibration that occurs when cycling.
The scientists looked at how different rates of oscillation might have an
effect on the pressure that a person feels on the perineum as they are biking.
They selected 39 subjects – 29 men and 10 women – for the study. (Women
were included as perineal numbness is also an issue with female cyclists.)
All were tested on the same style and make of bicycle, adjusted to properly
fit the size of each study participant. There were tested both while stationary
(no pedaling) and while pedaling, and both with a standard seatpost and with
a special seatpost with greater suspension.
From the experiment, the doctors determined that the pressure on the
perineum increased significantly when the rate of oscillation also increased.
They also found that when the seatpost with suspension was utilized, the
impact of oscillation decreased by 53%.
What it means
In other words, the more vibration that occurs when riding a bike, the more
pressure there is on the perineum, and the more likely that micro-trauma will
occur, which can bring about male organ problems in some men. But if bikes
could effectively be outfitted with shock absorbers (which is what the
seatposts with suspension provided), there would likely be a decrease in
oscillation and therefore in pressure and subsequent damage.
Until bicycles come outfitted with proper shock absorbers, cyclists are more
likely to experience male organ problems. Regular use of a high level male
organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil,
which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) may be beneficial. Since
sensation can be impacted, the crème should include a neuroprotective
ingredient like L-carnitine; this will not prevent the impact of the pressure,
but it could potentially minimize it. The creme should also include Larginine, an amino acid which plays a role in helping to keep the blood
vessels receptive to increased blood flow, a vital function in male organ