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Biking and sex—avoid the vicious cycle

September 14, 2012

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Harvey B. Simon, MD, Editor, Harvard Health

Harvey Simon founded the Harvard Men’s Health Watch in August 1996 and was its editor in chief until retiring in May 2012. Dr. Simon is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the … See Full Bio
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David Jankovich
November 13, 2012

I must admit that i never heard about this before, thank you for sharing this information with us. We are going to post this information on our blog.

November 1, 2012

if sitting on a chair because of work or computer usage, will not cause any problems at all? how do I know if there is nerve damage?

October 30, 2012

Cycling is the one of the best aerobic exercise. It keeps your body healthy. And thanks for the outstanding post

October 12, 2012

Totally agree with you,Biking and sex—avoid the vicious cycle.

October 11, 2012

I would like to give a point about cycling that is if every service holder go to their office by cycling it will be better for their health as well as it will also assist to prevent the air pollution. Thanks for posting this helpful article.

September 27, 2012

OMg!! this is something i really don’t aware about i must say. I had recently buy a new bike from Austin, TX but after reading this article i must have to go to visit them again to change seat.

Thank you very much for this post.


September 24, 2012

Thank You Very Much For a Nice & Cool Article.

September 23, 2012

I am a cyclist – racer, commuter, and casual rider, and a lot of information here is not true. Big cushy seats atually cause more numbness since you sink into it. On a harder seat, nearly all of your weight is supported by your two sitbones and your perennial region is raised above the saddle. On a softer seat, your perrenials will be compressed into the saddle do to this “sinking” effect. If this wasn’t true, racers and tourers (who ride many miles) would not be riding on these harder seats. I have ridden on many saddles and have never felt numbness on my current one. Also, getting a bike fit will ensure that you are positioned properly to avoid this.

But just grabbing a bunch of people, putting them on a bike, and evaluating their discomfort does not prove that cycling negatively affects sexual health. If you want to do a study, get people who actually know what they’re doing with cycling

October 8, 2012

Totally agree with you, Brandon. I am a (female) cyclist and have spent good money for an ergonomic thin racing seat (with a hole in the middle – of great help when it comes to leaving things intact!). Please also note that physical inactivity causes sexual dysfunction as well (and hypertension, diabetes, cancer and obesity).

September 18, 2012

Very good article..Thanks.

September 17, 2012

I would have never thought in a million years that biking would effect my sex life. I thought it would have been good for it because of the exercise aspect of it and getting the blood flowing.

September 16, 2012

Oh my lord! I think our Mayor Boris Johnson should read this article. No more Boris bike in the streets of London!

September 16, 2012

Unless he comes up with something ergonomic!

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