How To Avoid Getting A Numb Penis While Riding A Bike
Have you ever been enjoying a nice bike ride when all of a sudden you realize…you can’t feel your penis? You’re not alone! Many men have to deal with a numb penis while riding a bike.
I’ve been there. It can be scary! How long is this going to last? Is this forever? Are there going to be long-term problems? All of those questions are perfectly understandable.
How To Avoid Getting A Numb Penis Riding A Bike
First, it’s good that you recognized something isn’t right! That numb tingly feeling may kind of feel sort of good, but it also shouldn’t be ignored. Thankfully, this problem can be solves with a few simple changes.
To better understand this phenomenon, Global Cycling Network talked with urologist Anthony Koupparis and saddle expert Phil Burt. Two experts in their fields.
So, why does this happen? Koupparis explained to Global Cycling Network, “There is a nerve called the pudendal nerve, which ahs got some more branches that come off it, which supplies the sensation to that part of the body, including your penis.”
He continued telling Global Cycling Network, “If you sit on it for long periods and compress the nerves, and interrupt a little bit of the bloody supply, it can cause problems with the way the nerve works and that causes numbness.”
As you can imagine, riding a bike places extra pressure on that area. However, not everyone goes numb and this could be due to the individuality of a person’s anatomy, according to Global Cycling Network.
Koupparis told Global Cycling Network there could be a number of variables involved, “And then if you add the size of the human being or the cyclist, how they’re sitting, what they’re sitting on, what their shorts are like, you can get a little bit of everything coming together to make one person suffer more than another.”
Are There Long-Term Risks?
There is good news! Koupparis tells Global Cycling Network that the numb penis from riding a bike is not a sign of serious long-term damage. However, he says there can be issues and problems if you ignore the numbness instead of addressing it.
Koupparis told Global Cycling Network, “It’s cause for taking notice. I think if you’ve just started cycling and then suddenly you notice that your perineum and your penis is completely numb, something needs a little bit of attention. Sort your bike fit out, have a look at your saddle, look at your cycling shorts.”
I’m just glad I’m not the only one this happens to. It’s nice to not feel so alone. Read more about the condition and possible ways to fix it at GlobalCyclingNetwork.com!