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    Cycling & Infertility

    So I was having a talk with a relative about my frequent cycling, and he made it a point to let me know that regular cycling causes infertility.

    I responded with "people in china, india, holland, columbia, etc' all cycle regularly and they have no problem procreating. Nonetheles though, he got me thinking. Is there any truth to this? I told him I have a good saddle and wear padded shorts, but he said it has to do with the 'goods' being squished together, the heat and with all of those organs being pushed up into the body by the saddle.

    What's the overall deal with this issue? Will I be able to have kids (if I get married of course)

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    Months ago I asked the same question here and the best response was....If you feel pain and numbness and don't do anything about it you shouldn't be procreating. I think the key is getting the right saddle. Most people use what comes with the bike. I am thin but my sitz bones are wide so I need at least a 143mm width.

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    Regular cycling doesn't cause infertility. In fact, regular exercise increases male fertility due to the hormonal response from exercise.

    The study that's been floating around for years was done by a urologist that didn't use a control group of noncyclists in his study and drew the conclusion from a group of cyclists that were being treated for ED. The men all happened to be over 40 and had other issues like High Blood pressure and were on BP meds, etc.
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    I sometimes wish it would do something to slow down the sex drive. It seems to have had the opposite effect on me. No problem with infertility either, got two kids and I think thats all I want.

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    Ride quite a bit. Have a kid. He seems alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
    So I was having a talk with a relative about my frequent cycling, and he made it a point to let me know that regular cycling causes infertility....
    One study alleged that it can cause erectile dysfunction--which is not (strictly speaking) "infertility". And the one study was rather suspect.

    A lot of people do have comfort problems on bicycle saddles, and have for a very long time.

    See the Recumbent forum for solutions.
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    I think it has more to do with the way people choose a saddle.By looks or weight,not comfort.Brooks all the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
    he said it has to do with the 'goods' being squished together, the heat and with all of those organs being pushed up into the body by the saddle.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    My former spouse made me go to see the urologist for a check-up when she decided she wasn't getting pregnant fast enough (her ob-gyn said it was the tight shorts and pointy saddle). He told me it was a bunch of hooey, gave me a thorough exam, and even did a count of the little swimmers- just to silence the witch and her doctor. By the time he got the results, she was already pregnant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
    he said it has to do with...all of those organs being pushed up into the body by the saddle.
    Please inform your friend that if any of his organs are regularly being pushed up into his body for any reason, there is something seriously wrong & he has bigger worries than fertility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug5150 View Post
    One study alleged that it can cause erectile dysfunction--which is not (strictly speaking) "infertility". And the one study was rather suspect.

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    Agree--there's been a lot written about cycling and IMPOTENCE, but I don't remember much about infertility. Ed Pavelka did a long story on it for cycling magazine four or five years ago, and there have been many more. Main problem seems to be pressure on the nerves and arteries that run through that area (is it the pudendal nerve? Can't remember).
    As another post said, the increased fitness level that comes with regular exercise can increase performance in this as in other areas. Just pick your saddle carefully...

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    The infertility/ED argument has been used by lazy people as reasons not to bike.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Judging from the Dadcentric chit-chat on the rollout of the local hammerfest, I'm guessing that the infertility "problem" isn't as big as some would have you believe.
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    An old survey was once done and published by Bicycling Magazine back in the early 90s. Bicyclists were the 'horniest and most active' of all groups of people who exercised a sport regularly.
    Runners and swimmers were 2nd.

    If you're out of shape, any saddle is going to cause soreness. And you're not likely to be able to get it up anyhow being a fat-ass. If anything, lack of riding will affect your bedroom performance.
    I'm 44, returned to cycling several years back, dropped 30 lbs. And I'm more of a sexual tyrannosaurus now than in my 30s. My GF is all for my cycling and is searching for that lusted-after 80s Italian frame I never bought. No complaints from her in that department!

    Tell your friend he's supposed to ride on a saddle, not just the seatpost alone. That will prevent all his squishling up of his soft parts.
    Saddles are like shoes, select one that fits, comfortable, and works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    ...I'm more of a sexual tyrannosaurus now than in my 30s...


    It's 7:15AM here and I already know that this is the funniest thing I'm going to read today.

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    If your organs are squished up inside your body, your lack of children isn't down to infertility or impotence, it's just mechanically impossible.

    And don't even think of getting an erection!

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    Have ridden approx. 25,000 miles since 1987 and have been unable to father a child.
    Could have something to do with my wife having me fixed after the birth or our youngest son in 1987.

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    If cycling really did cause infertility I doubt companies like Burley would survive..... who'd need their products?

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    The only reproductive issues with cycling that I have experienced is the threat by my wife to cut my nuts off if I go riding all weekend.

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    I certainly haven't had trouble with infertility or with reduced sex drive (the latter is far from the truth). I have had occasional numbness when riding on a trainer and once in a blue moon when on my bike (that was after a new pair of bibs). I have had trouble, though, with pain to the boys, especially in my spinning class. I just decided today, after I wore my bibs (normally I wear regular bike shorts) that I just cannot spin without some underwear or support garment on underneath. It is just too darn uncomfortable, esp. when I am doing fast spinning or doing jumps. I've had problems with some rather serious pain in the balls after spinning classes. AS I have said before there is a smash effect with bike shorts. I wish they would make them with some kind of pouch. I think that would solve my problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Ride quite a bit. Have a kid. He seems alright.
    I think this says it all.
    Today, I believe my jurisdiction ends here...

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    Well, the new Triathelete magazine says about 20% of women training for tris stop ovulating, if I remember correctly. Of course, it is only temporary infertilty.

    both men and women who exercise have higher testosterone levels.
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    " but he said it has to do with the 'goods' being squished together, the heat and with all of those organs being pushed up into the body by the saddle"
    Tell him he's not suppose to sit "on" it.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine96821 View Post
    Well, the new Triathelete magazine says about 20% of women training for tris stop ovulating, if I remember correctly. Of course, it is only temporary infertilty.

    both men and women who exercise have higher testosterone levels.
    Perhaps you are missing the point; it's not the exercise that is being discussed, it's the physical pressure put on the male anatomy when in the riding position that is suspected to cause the problem.
    Today, I believe my jurisdiction ends here...

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