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February 25, 2008 at 3:59 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Studies Link Bike Seats To Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction is caused by a variety of reasons ranging from smoking to diabetes. It has been determined that the use of certain bike seats can actually be a contributing cause, or the only cause, for the development of erectile dysfunction. It is recommended that you learn more about erectile dysfunction problems, as there may be other factors than biking that are contributing to the development of erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction and Bike Seats: The Connections

Studies have shown a definite connection between certain types of bike seats and the development of erectile dysfunction. Biking requires the individual to place a great amount of pressure on the surface known as the perineum, which is located between the legs and inferior to the pubic diaphragm. The perineum is the region of the body that contains many arteries and nerves responsible for supplying the penis with blood and feeling. As pressure is created on the perineum, this is cause for the constriction of arteries, decreasing overall blood flow to the penis. In addition, this also places pressure on the nerves, which decreases overall feeling to the penis. It should be noted that the majority of the studies showed that erectile dysfunction typically only affected men that biked for three or more hours per week.

Choosing the Correct Bike Seat: "No Nose"

It has been shown that certain bike seats are more likely to contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction than others. It is recommended that a bike seat with "no nose" be utilized if at all possible. It is the nose of the bike seat that is cause for the majority of pressure on the perineum. If the nose is not present, overall pressure is decreased, which decreases overall risk for the development of erectile dysfunction. It is also recommended that bikers stand on a frequent basis to avoid the creation of pressure for consistently long periods of time.

Erectile Dysfunction and Biking: Warning Signs

There are a few warning signs that your bike seat may be causing problems. The most obvious warning sign is the presence of any numbness or tingling after riding the bike. It should be noted that even men of a young age are at risk for the development of erectile dysfunction if warning signs are ignored. However, it is estimated that nearly 80% of all men will regain at least partial functioning once the problem of biking has been addressed and corrected.

Erectile Dysfunction and Professional Biking

Most experts agree that it is more difficult for professional bike riders to correct the problem of erectile dysfunction due to bike seats. There are bike seats available that decrease the overall risk for the development of erectile dysfunction. However, professional riders typically require bike seats with a nose to maintain adequate power and control of the bike. Due to this fact, professional bikers are at a higher risk for the development of erectile dysfunction from the pressure that creates compression of the arteries and nerves associated with the penis.

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/DS00162/DSECTION=1

http://men.webmd.com/features/biking-and-erectile-dysfunction-a-real-risk

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