WITH WRONG SEAT, BIKE RIDE CAN LEAVE YOU NUMB
Submitted by: Marc C Gittelman, M.D.
Submitted on: January 31, 2006
Q: I recently did a 25-mile bike ride with my buddies and it took five days before I could feel my penis again. I was nervous to try intimacy, but eventually everything was OK. Can bike riding hurt my ability to be good in bed?
A: There is no question that bike riding is good for your heart, but you need to use your head to protect your penis.
Almost every type of exercise is good for your health – running, swimming, tennis, skiing. And generally that is good for your health translated into good circulation to the most important part of your body – your brain, your heart, and your penis. Some things are out of our control, like being diagnosed with arthritis or high blood pressure. But many things are under our control if we try to take care of our bodies in the best possible way.
As physicians, we can teach our patients to watch their weight, be careful with cholesterol and to exercise regularly. But some sports can be more punishing on our bodies than others. It turns out that bicycle riding is great for our muscles and circulation and we enjoy the thrill of a great ride in beautiful terrain. But the problem with cycling is that the weight of the entire body comes down on the very narrow bike seat. And the part of the body that is directly on the seat is exactly the area that carries all the blood vessels and nerves that belong to the penis. When you sit on a bike seat those areas get squashed, and if it’s for a long ride, there can be some significant temporary or permanent damage.
That translates into potential numbness in your penis for days to weeks and even difficulty with erections if the damage is severe. It turns out that the potential for injury has to do with the shape and padding of the bike seat. Try to avoid the seat with long “noses” and use t he ones that as wide as possible. You want to be riding on the “cheeks” of your bottom and not resting on the middle.
Try to spend some time sanding while you are pedaling to relieve some of the pressure on your buttocks. Buy or rent seats that are padded to add additional cushioning for the delicate area of your body.
Go out and have a great ride, but use your head to take necessary precautions to protect your manhood.