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    Cycling and Impotence - true or not???

    What is the truth about Cycling and Impotence. I have read so many things on the internet and I am not clear if cycling can cause impotence. Now each time I sit on the saddle I get the idea that it is uncomfortable down there. Can saddles help? I have recently changed my bulky specialized body geometry saddle for a WTB Rocket V more narrow racy saddle which also has what is called "comfort zone" but the specialised has a larger cut in the middle so only the sit bones touch the saddle. Although I hate its looks should I change back to specialized? Is there a safe saddle out there? Which one?? I have also read that there is a chance of this when you ride for long hours. What is long hours? 3, 4, 10???? Thanks.

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    Go ride

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    It must be true.

    Look at China - they've used the bicycle as their primary form of transportation for the past 100 years. Aren't they almost extinct by now -- maybe three of them left?

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    lol, never thought of the china arguement, that's classic

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    just the opposite...

    i started back riding this year after not riding much for years. looks like theres a youngun showing up in the not so distant future. and i "aint no spring chiken"

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    If you feel numbness get out of the saddle. If you get it often refit the bike and maybe a new seat.

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    I'm pretty sure that only applies to people who ride alot on the old hard style seats. But really if your having ED problems it best to talk to a doctor.. haha

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    First of all, congrats, mercens, on your addition!

    I talked to a sports med doctor a while back about this and he said generally, if you have an older style seat, without a cut out in the middle, and are on your bike for extended periods of time (5+ hours, several times a week, according to him), that you might, MIGHT have a problem. He also said with the new saddles they have (especially the ones with a depression or cut in the middle), and if you're wearing liners, it takes the pressure off the nerve that could get damaged. Proper fit and equipment are supposedly the key. I doubt you're gonna have a problem, and in fact, improving your cardio will reduce your chances of ED.

    Hope I helped.

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    Congratz mecrens on the great work!!

    You should be fine riding just make shure your not erect.

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    Great answers. Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resnick
    I'm pretty sure that only applies to people who ride alot on the old hard style seats. But really if your having ED problems it best to talk to a doctor.. haha
    My DAD rode a lot on old hardstyle seats...

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    A little late to the party, but here's my two bits.

    A few years ago, I was told by a Dr. who was the head of the Urology department at a major university that the articles on the internet about cycling and fertility were complete bulls#!t. His word, not mine. I asked him about serious cycling, like the 125 miles a week I was riding at the time. Same answer. His take was that the initial study was completely inaccurate and done with an insignficiant sample size (I think it was like ten cyclists). He also said that no one has been able to recreate the findings.

    Pain down there is a different matter. If it hurts, switch saddles. There is nothing like finding the right saddle. I like the Selle Italia Trans Am Max Flite. The cut-out worked for me to calm irritation.

    BTW, my daughter is 2 yrs old now.

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    I dont believe that CYCLING can cause impotency. But, my best pal was a cyclist, and after some years, it happened that he started having erectile dysfunctions..and so,he was married, and his wife ended up in a divorce with him because of that.. like him, there are many people going through this problem in marriage, like in the link below:

    http://www.iwishisaidno.com/forum/19...ual-power.html

    But I think it was meant to happen to him, rather than cycling being the reason of his failure..

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    First ask yourself: Do your nuts go numb when you ride? If you answer no then you have no risk of developing a problem. If yes then you should adjust you seat position or change seats to keep your nuts from going numb and potentialy developing a problem.

    Before they came out with all these special seats I used to have numb nuts after a long seated climb. Like 1-2 hours of straight climbing. I have a special seat (WTB) now and no more numb nuts. I'm also the father of 3 childern. My youngest in 1 month old.

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