In today’s edition of “Everything Is Bad For You,” a new study has found that women who ride bikes consistently may experience reduced sensation in their vaginas and possible fertility issues over time, juuuust to make sure you weren’t feeling too good about being healthy and active:
The new research, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, expands on a 2006 Yale study which found that female cyclists experienced less “genital sensation” compared with female runners. This time around, scientists tested 48 hardcore female riders who cycled at least 10 miles a week to measure their soreness, numbness, and tingling sensations…When asked how doctors finally got around to studying the female aspect of this story, the lead scientist explained “I was trying to Google something about bike parts and typed in ‘Do b’ and it autocompleted ‘Do bicycles hurt your vagina?’”
…the new study found that “Women on bikes with handlebars positioned lower than their seats experienced more pressure in an area of soft tissue called the perineum, and had decreased sensation in the pelvic floor…the lower the handlebars in relation to the saddle, the more a woman has to lean forward, forcing her to put a greater percentage of her body weight on the perineum. “
Fortunately, the study also offers some helpful tips on minimizing bicycling impacts, plus it does sort of fall into the “Everything you do hurts you somehow if you do it a lot” category; Every day on the internet there’s another study about how the sun is terrible for your skin, and saccharine gives you rat cancer, and heroin is “addictive” and “life-threatening,” blah blah blah. At some point, you just have to decide to do something with the knowledge that it will in some way impact your long-term health, and that’s how I’ve developed this awesome saccharine-cancer-heroin addiction.
Anyway, hope this article and/or my advice helped!