Cycling is one of the most popular forms of exercise and is only growing in popularity. According to the latest statistics , there are upwards of 50 million active cyclists in the United States. This is great news, of course, as cycling is well known to be an amazing, near-zero-impact activity that will work your heart and muscles while protecting you from stroke, heart attack, depression, obesity, and even some cancers.
And while experts have debated whether or not exercising on a bicycle seat can lead to sexual dysfunction in both sexes for a long time—and studies have indeed found that men who cycle a lot can experience impotence—a new study just published this month in the journal Sexual Medicine has some interesting takeaways for female cyclists. Read on for more about this study, and what it means for you. And for some great exercise advice, don’t miss The Secret Side Effects of Exercising Before Breakfast, Says Science .
The study was led by scientists at the University of California San Francisco, who recruited more 875 avid female cyclists from across the world—from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand—to participate via a targeted Facebook campaign. The researchers devised a survey for the women, which included basic demographic data (age, race, weight, height, medical history, history of urinary tract infections, and lifestyle), as well as a series of questions regarding their genital numbness.
The participants were also asked about their cycling habits (duration, frequency, average speed, etc.), in addition to […]