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    Does cycling actually lead to Erectile Dysfunction?

    08:31AM, 15 March, 2021

    Are you an avid cyclist or planning on taking it up? I am pretty sure you must have heard the chatter that cycling can take out the 'ding' in your ding-a-ling.

    When you sit on a bike for long periods of time, the seat puts pressure on your perineum, an area that runs between your anus and penis.

    The perineum is filled with arteries and nerves that supply oxygen-rich blood and sensation to your penis.

    For a man to have an erection, nerve impulses from the brain send arousal messages to the penis. These nerve signals allow blood vessels to relax, increasing blood flow through the arteries into the penis. Any problem with the nerves, blood vessels, or both can make you unable to have an erection. This is called erectile dysfunction (ED).

    Over the last few decades, researchers have discovered that some male cyclists develop damage to the pudendal nerve, the main nerve in the perineum, and the pudendal artery, which sends blood to the penis.

    Men who spend a lot of hours on a bike have reported numbness and trouble achieving an erection. Experts believe ED starts when arteries and nerves get caught between the narrow bicycle seat and the rider’s pubic bones.

    So, if you are still keen to continue cycling, fear not as the link between riding and erection problems isn’t new. In fact, the Greek physician Hippocrates identified sexual issues in male horseback riders when he said, “The constant jolting on their horses unfits them for intercourse.”

    Then again, mankind did survive all theses years...didn't they!

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