More than 20 years ago, researchers into men’s heath suggested that there was a link between the then-current design of bicycle seats, and erectile dysfunction (ED). Since then, the cycling industry responded with new seat designs that were engineered to supposedly alleviate the problem. But how effective have those been in the ensuing years? A new research study being organized by a Sanford University urology professor, who also has been involved in bicycle seat design, intends to find out.
The study, creatively known as the CYCLE study, (for Cycling and Lower Effects Study), plans to survey at least 10,000 cyclists, to determine whether the new bicycle saddles introduced for men over the last two decades have had any positive impact on reported cases of ED among bicycle riders.
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The lead researcher on the CYCLE study is Dr. Roger Minkow. Before retiring, he worked for almost 20 years using his expertise as a certified urologist and bicycle enthusiast to create bike saddles and other “male-friendly” products for a company called Specialized.
“We think this will be the biggest, most extensive health study ever done of cyclists,” said Minkow. “No medical study of [bicycle seats and ED] has ever considered all of the factors that we will be looking at in ours.”
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For this study, Minkow will be working with Stanford urologist Dr. Michael Eisenberg. Minkow has authored previous studies on bike seats and ED, which led to his revolutionary designs. Those previous studies all looked at the impact of bike riding on blood flow. Good blood flow is essential to good erectile function.
To give Minkow and his team a more definitive answer on the impact of the bike saddle, his newest study will look at not only “live blood flow,” but also other variables that could influence ED in the cyclists, such as: years they have been riding, the kinds of seats they had used prior, previous injuries, and other lifestyle factors.
“We were able to measure penile blood flow [in our previous studies], but we couldn’t prove anything because if a rider had used a poorly-designed seat for years he could have already done damage. Likewise, no medical study has ever been done to consider bicycle fit and its impact on penile blood flow.”
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Research like Dr. Minkow’s is important because it sheds light on what may be some unexpected causes of ED. By understanding how things as varied as the bike you ride, to the kind of underwear you use, can influence sexual performance, men can then make lifestyle changes that may prevent or minimize problems with ED.
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