London : Cycling may help you
stay fit, but here is a warning for men - choose
the right bicycle, or else you could become
impotent, researchers have claimed.
According to Indian - origin
researcher Vinod Nargund of St. Bartholomew's
and Homerton Hospital here, the problems to look
out for include genital numbness, erection
problems, skin irritations and soreness in the
He has pointed out that more than
60% of male cyclists who have taken part in
research studies have reported genital numbness.
"Numbness is common because the
pressure of the saddle can impair the blood
supply to this area and put pressure on the
nerves in the penis. This can also affect a
man's ability to get an erection.
"There is a greater incidence of
numbness and erectile problems in men who
cyclists regularly and over longer training
distances. That is why it is important to rest
intermittently during prolonged and vigorous
cycling," Nargund said.