WHEN urologist Dr. Irwin Goldstein declared in 1997: "There are only
two kinds of male cyclists — those who are impotent and those who will
be impotent," many bike riders scoffed. Saying the equipment housed in
their spandex shorts worked just fine, they optimistically kept riding.
Several prominent urologists dismissed Goldstein's claims, saying that
they were based on a small sample of riders and that the cardiovascular
benefits of cycling outweighed any risk of impotence.
years later, more than two dozen published studies, including several
by Goldstein, have confirmed the connection between cycling and sexual
dysfunction. Problems can range from impotence — the complete inability
to penetrate — to an erection that doesn't last as long as desired.
If you manage to get past the hype, it becomes clear that this is not really a huge issue [sic]. It turns out that 4.2 % of cyclist experience some ED compared to 1.1% of runners. Is that because there are more older cyclists? Hard to say. Oops.
Ultimately the article suggests that the fancy-schmancy new ergonomic bike seats that claim to help reduce cycling related ED are snake oil.
The Cyclist's Tight Spot via :: LA Times
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