Friday, 18 May 2012
If you cycle a lot, and value your sex life, it might be time to hop off the saddle. Research from Yale University found women who cycle on a regular basis may be reducing the sensitivity of their vaginas.
As summer has finally arrived in Upstate New York my very classy Walmart beach bike and I have been zooming all over the place. After reading this article on The Inquisitr I’m worried I might be paying the price for my environmental virtues in the bedroom.
But can riding a bike, one of the oldest and most accessible forms of exercise, really be that bad for your sex life?
There’s long been research showing a link between male erectile dysfunction and cycling, so it’s about time the women got a look in. 48 women, who rode an average of 10 miles a week, were put on exercise bikes and asked to indicate any tingling, soreness or pleasure during the bike ride to the researchers. Pressure maps were used to identify pelvic floor sensations in the women.
The researchers found handlebar height is the vagina-destroying culprit. Women who ride bikes where the seat is higher than the handlebars put extra pressure on nerves and blood vessels in the genital area. Over time this may reduce sensitivity in the labia and vaginal walls.
Yale University succeeded in getting me uptight about the long-term competence of my sexual organs. Thankfully, my bike and I don’t have to end things. After close examination I was able to conclude that my seat was lower than my handlebars.
And what about spin class? Now I’m wondering if those cushioned spandex you see the hardcore cyclers in the front row wearing might be a solid investment. I’m also concerned for people in the Netherlands and Scandinavia who cycle everywhere.
What do you think? Is cycling worth the supposed risk? Do you think driving your gas-guzzler to work is the way to go to save your sex life?