Most people know the sexual health risks there are for men who cycle. Now, studies are coming out saying that there may be dangers for female cyclists. What kind of sexual health risks are there for women who like biking? Read on and find out.
New studies shows issues with bicycling and women’s sexual health!
Often women who cycle or take spin classes feel numbness. This can sometimes occur from sitting on a traditional bike seat. Bike seats are designed (by sadomasochists!) in such a way that body weight typically rests on the nose of the seat, which can compress nerves and blood vessels in the genital area.
In a recent study, Yale researchers tried to determine whether there are specific factors that influence soreness and numbness among female riders. Forty-eight women took part in the study, each a consistent rider who cycled a minimum of 10 miles a week, but typically much more. The finding showed nerve damage can happen with women in the groin region, but that it may be preventable.
The secret to keeping things sexually health is in the handlebars.
The researchers found that the lower the handlebars in relation to the saddle, the more a woman has to lean forward, forcing her to put a greater percentage of her body weight on the perineum.
This problem is particularly likely to occur when a rider leans forward, flattens her back and puts her hands on the “drop bars” of a road or track bicycle for a more aerodynamic position.
“We’re basically showing that there may be modifiable risk factors associated with female riders,”
Dr. Marsha K. Guess explained, who is an author of the study and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine.
“This better positions us to educate riders on safe riding practices that may actually be beneficial to reduction of pressure and lost sensation in the pelvic floor.”
It’s always good to know what is happening in the sexual health zone for women. Now that we know exercising can give orgasms to women, it’s also important to see if there is any exercise that could be harming a woman’s sexual health.