In men - and this was previously proven by experts at Harvard Medical School - frequent cycling can lead to erectile dysfunction. Dr. Stephen Schrader, who conducted this study, noted that when riding a bicycle, 25-40% of body weight is transferred to the genitals, because of which, literally within a few minutes, oxygen supply to tissues is reduced by 80%.
It is reasonable to assume that women who spend a lot of time in the saddle also find themselves in a similar situation. To understand this and find out how to alleviate the situation, cyclists were invited to participate in the experiment, each of whom drove at least 16 km a week. Women provided their bikes for research: they were fixed permanently and brought the handlebars and saddles in a position that was preferable for their hostesses. While the experiment participants were pedaling, scientists not only questioned them about discomfort, but also measured the pressure in the pelvic region.
As it turned out, the most advantageous position in terms of speed and aerodynamics is the most unfavorable. When the steering wheel is lowered below the saddle, you strongly lean forward, lean on it, straighten your back and literally press into the saddle. In this position, women most often experienced pain and numbness. But it was enough to adjust the bike so as to shift part of the weight to the sciatic bones, as the situation immediately changed for the better.
Another way to reduce pressure on the crotch is to change the saddle to a less long-nosed one. The article, once published by Dr. Schrader on the results of his research, was called “Cut the nose, save the penis” provocative ...
The researchers themselves stressed that their task is not to turn cyclists away from their favorite activity. And just to teach how to make their hobby safer.