Can Bicycling Affect a Woman’s Sexual Health? [NY Times]

Researchers are studying whether cycling poses risks to women's sexual health.Ryan Lane/Getty ImagesResearchers are studying whether cycling poses risks to women’s sexual health.
Spending time on a bicycle seat, which has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men, may also be a hazard to a woman’s sexual health, a new study shows.
Many women who cycle or take spin classes are familiar with the numbness that sometimes can occur from sitting on a traditional bike seat. Bike seats are designed in such a way that body weight typically rests on the nose of the seat, which can compress nerves and blood vessels in the genital area. In men, this raises the risk of erectile dysfunction, something that has been documented in studies of male police officers on bicycle patrol.