Cycling Doesn't Damage Men's Urinary Functions: Men who cycle a lot were being in a dilemma that their urinary functions and sexual health may be damaged according to the earlier reports. In addition to the comparisons between similar athletic activities with and without perineal pressure, the researchers examined how cycling intensity, bicycle configuration, and even road conditions might impact sexual and urinary functions.
Participants completed validated questionnaires, including the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM), International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS), and National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI), as well as questions about urinary tract infections (UTIs), urethral strictures, genital numbness, and saddle sores.
In this multinational study a cross-section of three athletic groups - cyclists, swimmers, and runners - was surveyed using Facebook ads and outreach to sporting clubs for athletes.
The swimmers and runners fell in the low-intensity category.
Participants were asked about the type of bike they ride, seat type, seat angle, handlebar height and how much time is spent standing instead of sitting on their bike while riding.
The findings published in the Journal of Urology found that cyclists' sexual and urinary health was comparable to swimmers' and runners'.
Lead author Dr Benjamin Breyer said: 'We believe the results will be encouraging for cyclists. Cycling provides tremendous cardiovascular benefits and is low impact on joints.
Interestingly, high intensity cyclists were found to have overall better erectile function. Adjusting handlebar height lower than the saddle height did increase the likelihood of genital numbness and saddle sores.
These results offer relief to cyclists after a 2012 study from the University of California at Los Angeles suggested that the sport caused hormonal imbalances that could affect fertility.
However the researchers of this study discredited previous ones citing the sample sizes were very small.
Cycling, a popular choice of transportation, exercise, and leisure, may not be harmful for the sexual health and urinary function of males, finds a study. "We're looking more closely at those who reported numbness to see if this is a predictor for future problems".