A new study now shows that male cyclists can confidently mount their bikes without the worry of causing damage to their sexual health.
A new study has revealed that riding a bike does not damage a man’s reproductive parts, easing previous concerns that the sport can cause erectile dysfunction and urinary infections.
Research also showed that cyclists have similar sexual and urinary health as swimmers and runners and those who are considered high-intensity cyclists actually have better erectile function.
Experts hope that the revelations will encourage cyclists to get back to the sport that provides cardiovascular benefits which they believe outweigh any risk that was earlier believed.
Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco surveyed 4,000 cyclists, swimmer and runners in the largest study of its kind.
Participants included 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers and 789 runners.
Athletes were divided into two groups, hight-intensity cyclists, and low-intensity cyclists meaning the athletes fell below that criteria.
Swimmers and runners fell in the low-intensity category.
The findings published in the Journal of Urology found that cyclists' sexual and urinary health was comparable to swimmers' and runners'.
While some cyclists were more prone to urethral strictures, the narrowing of the urethra caused by injury or infection, their reproductive health was barely impacted.
Interestingly, high intensity cyclists were found to have overall better erectile function.