Bikes and girls

Very little research has actually been done on sexual dysfunction in women who cycle. The logic would be that the nerves and blood supply to the genitals of ladies would also be damaged by prolonged pressure on the perineum. This can lead to loss of sensation, decreased arousal and subsequent difficulty with orgasm.

I’m not saying you should burn your bike (and definitely not your partner’s). Exercise is good for your sex life and cycling is a great activity for couples to do together. Having fun together is something that is often missing from a relationship. Here is just a bit of advice to keep the blood flowing…

Ways to protect your privates

Make sure your seat is in the right position – if it’s tilted slightly upwards, the pressure on the perineum is increased.

Make sure you stand and take pressure off your perineum whenever you can and get off the bike every now and then to get the blood flowing.

If it’s your own bike, get the right seat. Many seats have been developed specifically to take pressure of the perineum.

If you do experience loss of sensation for prolonged periods after you get off your bike you’re probably causing permanent damage. I know I won’t get you (or my husband) to stop mountain biking, but at least I know a doctor who can help…