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Cycling Has No Impact on Women’s Sexual or Urinary Health, Study Finds

The high-intensity cyclists had better scores on the sexual function assessment. Scores for low-intensity cyclists and non-cyclists were similar, and in general, the cyclists were more sexually active than the runners and swimmers. The types of bikes and terrain did not appear to influence the results.

Both high- and-low intensity cyclists were more likely to have had UTIs, genital numbness, and saddle sores compared to swimmers and runners, even after the researchers considered factors like age, body mass index, and smoking status.

Such genital symptoms can lead to sexual problems later and would not necessarily be reflected on the sexual function questionnaire, the authors pointed out.

They recommended that future research address the link between cycling and UTIs as well as strategies to prevent saddle sores.


The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Gaither, Thomas W. BS, et al.

“Cycling and Female Sexual and Urinary Function: Results From a Large, Multinational, Cross-Sectional Study”

(Full-text. Published online: March 13, 2018)

Sexual Medicine Society of North America

“Practice Safer Cycling to Protect Your Sexual Health”

(July 17, 2012)

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