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Health myths are everywhere these days and they can have a dramatic effect on people’s beliefs and behaviours. One commonly held belief is that cycling can cause health problems because of the pressure placed on the groin by the saddle. Some people believe that spending too much time cycling can increase the risk of erectile problems and prostate enlargement. However, a recent survey has revealed that this may be nothing more than a myth. Cycling doesn’t appear to have any overall negative effects on men’s health. Men who spend a lot of time on a bike are no more likely to need erectile dysfunction or prostate enlargement treatment.

cycling and prostate

The Health Effects of Cycling

The survey asked almost 4000 men who regularly swam, ran or cycled about their sexual and urinary health problems. The researchers then compared the results for those who cycled regularly with those who did not. The cyclists were no more likely to have sexual dysfunction or prostate problems, although there was a slightly higher risk of problems such as saddle sores and numbness. However, the study only included men who were currently active, so it may have missed people who gave up cycling after developing problems. Many men find it inconvenient to participate in outdoor activities like cycling when they have issues like prostate enlargement that make them need to urinate more frequently.

Benefits of Exercise

We can’t completely rule out a connection between cycling and the need for erectile or prostate enlargement treatment, but there is no evidence that such a link actually exists. If you enjoy cycling, there is no need for you to give it up because of any risk to your sexual or urinary health. In fact, getting regular exercise is important for these aspects of your health as well as your general wellbeing. Men who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight are less likely to develop problems such as erectile dysfunction. Leading an active lifestyle can also reduce the risk of prostate problems and may enhance the effect of prostate enlargement treatment if you do need it.