November 14, 2005
Should men be bicycling at all?
Ok, guys, listen up!
Your Balls are in danger!
You need to do something to protect your ability to procreate, or STOP BICYCLING!
So says the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety, among others.
"There are only two kinds of male cyclists. Those who are impotent and those who will become impotent."
Kind of apocalyptic, ain't it?
Cycling can make men impotent, scientists have warned. Spending too long in the saddle blocks blood flow, causes numbness and can jeopardise riders' sex lives, according to the research.
"There is no longer a question of whether or not riding on a saddle causes erectile dysfunction," said Steve Schrader, of the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety.
"The question is what are we going to do about it?"
Dr Schrader said evidence from the U.S., Italy and Austria conclusively showed that the more a man cycled the more his libido suffered.
Long and narrow saddles were cited as the main culprits in studies published in the U.S. Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The research revealed that cycling for long periods cut the bloodflow to the penis by up to 30 per cent, causing a loss of sensation.
"Numbness is your body telling you something is wrong," said Irwin Goldstein, a Boston urologist and researcher.
But wait, there is hope!
Manufacturers have brought out saddles that protect riders' sexual organs and seats with gel padding to cushion pressure points.
Experts say the safest seats make the rider sit back firmly, shifting their weight onto the bottom of the pelvis.
Casual cyclists had nothing to worry about, the researchers all agreed.
I like that last part! ;-D
People like me don't have to worry!
It's just all you Lance Armstrong wanna-be's that are risking not adding to the Gene Pool. ;-D
Oh, and you Ladies don't have to worry.... yet.
No evidence has surfaced so far to show you have to worry your pretty little heads one wit. ;-D
As for saddles: Any cyclist who frequents a Bike Shop is aware of all the new type of saddles that have been around for a few years now, and if he has any sense makes sure his trusty steed is equiped with one.
Daily Mail - Oct 5th: Cycling can make you impotent by George Gordon.
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