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Erectile dysfunction is common with long distance cycling

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-f

Question Are there specific bicycle characteristics that modify the risk of erectile dysfunction?

Synopsis Erectile dysfunction after long distance cycling is thought to be secondary to compression of the neurovascular bundle from sitting on the saddle. As a result, bicycle saddles with “cutouts” or grooves intended to relieve pressure and decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction have become available. To evaluate potential relationships between erectile dysfunction and various bicycle characteristics, the authors prospectively studied a cohort of 463 cyclists who participated in one of six different recreational bicycle rides of at least 320 …

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