Does cycling cause impotence and sexual dysfunction in men?
The answer to this question has received a lot of media attention over the past several years and has also been the topic of heated debate. The answer seems to be that prolonged cycling on a poorly fitting bicycle saddle may be associated with erectile dysfunction (ED), more commonly in older men. But the risk depends upon many factors including the hours of cycling per week, the weight of the cyclist, the skill of the cyclist and the bicycle fit.
What is Impotence and Erectile Dysfunction?
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases, “Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called ‘impotence,’ is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The word ‘impotence’ may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with…
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