Join Date: Jun 2004
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WARNING: I have no medical background, and if I were in doubt about your problem, I'd take my prostate to a doctor. But I've been riding for years, and talked with several docs about this for stories when I was a newspaper reporter.
Cycling can raise your PSA, and my experience is that a lot of physicians don't consider that. I think the PSA test is pretty vague anyway--my doc doesn't bother with it for most patients, though he does for me because I'm 66 and my dad died of prostate cancer.
I think (remember, no medical background) discomfort "in the area" is more likely to be due to pressure either on your taint or on the underlying nerve (pudendal? Can't remember) than to the prostate, which is fairly well protected in there. But that same nerve (or another one in the area; remember, no medical background) can be involved in erectile issues. I mean, I've heard that. Personally, no problems, the Louisville Slugger works fine, but a friend told me...
From a cycling standpoint (where I do have a background), I've never been comfortable on cutout saddles. I have four Brooks B-17s, which have eased the problem (you know, the problem I don't have?). And saddle setup seems to be critical--a millimeter or two or three up or down on the nose makes a difference.
Oh, hell, go to the doctor. But try to find one who knows a little about cycling. Also, there've been about 10 billion words written on this topic. Try googling "cycling impotence" and stand back.