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  Latest update: 2/16/2024

Cycling and Prostate Health

Numerous studies have documented a decrease in cancer risk of 10 - 20 % in physically active individuals, and as much as a 50% decrease for certain selected cancers. A recent study from Sweden focusing on prostate cancer found a 35% decrease in the study subjects who were physically fit. A definite positive for male cyclists.

But there are cycling risks that can offset to a degree this cancer protective benefit.

A review in 2023 noted that 19% of cyclists with a weekly riding distance of more than 400 km commented on erectile dysfunction and 61% had experienced perineal numbness. It was assumed that compression of the pudendal nerve during pedaling, especially with strenuous effort and excessive pressure on the saddle, lead to transient hypoxemia of the nerve. And several studies found it was excessive pressures in the anterior region of the saddle that were most harmful to the perineal tissue and nerves.

These findings imply that changes in bike fit (saddle position) and pedaling style (intensity) are more important than a modified "holed" saddle to preventing problems. And if a change in saddle design is being considered, a noseless saddle would be a better design but at the cost of a decrease in stability and increase in posterior seat pressure.

If you are dealing with perineal discomfort or numbness these suggestions should be considered:

All questions and suggestions are appreciated and will be answered.

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