Does Cycling Affect Men’s and Women’s Sexual Health and Urinary Functions?

May 14, 2017 - (Newswire)

BOSTON, May 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two new studies evaluating the impact of cycling on the sexual health and urinary functions of men and women will be presented at a special press conference during the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). Kevin McVary, MD, FACS, AUA spokesperson and urology professor and chair at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will moderate the session, which will take place on Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m., ET at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA.

Cycling provides many well-known health benefits, but there have long been discussions and questions about the risks associated with prolonged perineal pressure in men and women who regularly bike. Previous studies have linked this pressure to numbness, pain and erectile dysfunction in men, and suggested cycling may also be a hazard to the sexual health of women; however new studies suggest otherwise.

Study Details
The Impact of Cycling on Men's Sexual and Urinary Functions (#PD45-05): Researchers conducted a survey of male athletes recruited from English-speaking sports clubs throughout the world. The study included nearly 4,000 participants, of whom 63 percent were cyclists who did not swim or run and 37 percent were swimmers or runners who did not cycle. Participants were queried about their physical activity and answered validated questionnaires including: The Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM), International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS) and the National Institute of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI). High intensity cycling was defined as cycling for longer than two years, more than three times per week and a daily average of more than 25 miles.

Results showed:

  • Male cyclists have no worse erectile function than male non-cyclists.
  • Cycling does not affect lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
  • Cyclists had a higher average SHIM score (20.1 vs. 18.9) p

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