Cycling is a popular, generally low-impact activity, but it may cause an unwelcome side effect. Riding a bicycle for extended periods on a poorly fitted seat, combined with a lack of stretching, can make preexisting erectile dysfunction (ED) worse and might even cause ED by restricting blood flow and the nerves in and around the groin area.

Making adjustments to your bike and your cycling habits could help prevent some of the side effects associated with regular riding.

How cycling can contribute to ED

A Harvard Health report made the case that seat shape is the primary culprit behind erectile dysfunction-related complications from cycling. The report stated that improperly fitted seats can put pressure on the perineum, the area between the anus and the base of the penis shaft. This pressure can pinch and dull nerves in the area, putting a damper on the stimulus