This week on Insyd Insights we try decoding the effects of continued cycling on our genitals.

It’s official that not only serious athletes get affected by continued cycling but even casual cyclists are in danger of suffering genital problems. This isn’t a reason to be deterred from biking at all, it still remains one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do. This is because there are solutions to avoiding sexual and urinary issues brought about by cycling.

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The problems usually involve numbness and irritation of the genital area and even sexual dysfunction after extended time in the saddle. The place where the bike seat meets the rider is called the perineum. It’s the side of nerves, muscle and blood supply that affect the genitals.

Keep in mind though that you can solve this by simply standing up from the saddle more often while cycling. Wearing well paddled bike shorts also help. So does proper positioning of the handle bars and saddle. These help raise your body so that your lower body is not much into contact with the bicycle. This however should not discourage anyone from being a cyclist. Make these simple adjustments to your bike and enjoy your ride!