Attention Female Cyclists: Your Bike Might Make You Lose Feeling In Your Crotch
3:00 pm, August 5th | by Laura Donovan
Cyclists lead pretty dangerous lives: They’re at risk of vehicle collision, hitting pedestrians, accident-related injuries, etc. The females of the bunch have it worse, though: They’re apparently solid candidates for broken vagina syndrome.
Okay, it’s not really called that, but it may as well be. A new report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that women who “set their bike handlebars lower than the saddle tended to show a degree of impaired genital sensation,” as low handlebar positions “yield detrimental effects to the female pelvic floor.” The researchers wrote of the phenomenon:
“This exemplifies the ongoing struggle between selecting a more aerodynamic bicycle position for control and speed or a more ergonomic position to reduce neurovascular compromise.”
I’d think the latter would be more important, as some women have had trouble orgasming long before this darn nuisance went public.
The researchers further explained of the experiment, which was tested on 41 cyclists:
“Correcting modifiable risk factors for pelvic floor damage may serve as the most important next step in enhancing riding safety in women cyclists.”
Yeah, I’d say that’s a priority.