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14 July 2009

Protect your penis while pedalling

A word of warning from a US doctor: he treats more than 100 impotent men each week and says that at least six of these can trace the cause of their impotence to cycling.

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Getting ready to hit the road on Sunday for the Argus Cycle Tour? A word of warning to the men: according to Dr Irwin Goldstein, an urologist at Boston University Medical Centre, he treats more than 100 impotent men each week and says that at least six of these can trace the cause of their impotence to cycling.

Take action:
While cycling, sit back on the buttocks as much as possible to take the pressure off the frontal area; lower the front part of the saddle, or at least make it level, to relieve pressure on the penis; fit a broader or more heavily padded seat which spreads the load to the ischial tuberosities (the sit bone), rather than on the perineum; check to see that the legs are not fully extended to the bottom of the pedal stroke – the knees should be slightly bent to support more of your weight; stand up onto the pedals every 10 minutes or so to encourage blood flow.

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