New research shows that male sexual health is not affected by cycling, going against the findings of previous studies. Cycling, a popular choice of transportation, exercise, and leisure, may not be harmful for the sexual health and urinary function of males. The new study showed that the benefits to cycling "far outweigh the risks" and instead provides cardiovascular benefits. When compared to swimmers and runners, high intensity cyclists' had better erectile function scores, it said. ‘Challenging previous theories which contended that cycling may harm men's sexual health, the new study showed that the benefits to cycling "far outweigh the risks" and instead provides cardiovascular benefits.’ Researchers also said that neither bicycle nor road characteristics appeared to have a negative impact on cyclists. Standing more than 20 percent of the time while cycling significantly reduced the odds of genital numbness, but adjusting handlebar height lower than the saddle height did increase the likelihood of genital numbness and saddle sores, the researchers said. "We believe the results will be encouraging for cyclists. Cycling provides tremendous cardiovascular benefits and is low impact on joints. We believe the health benefits enjoyed by cyclists who ride safely will far out weight health risks," said Benjamin Breyer, Professor at the University of California in San Francisco. For the study, published in the Journal of Urology, the team studied over three groups of athletes - 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers, and 789 runners, questioning them on urinary tract infections (UTIs), urethral strictures, genital numbness, and saddle sores. Cyclists consisted of high-intensity exercise group, while the runners and swimmers were included in the low intensity group or the once who do not cycle on a regular basis. "This is the largest comparative study to date, exploring the associations of cycling, bike and road characteristics with sexual and urinary function using validated questionnaires," Breyer said. Source: IANS << Haryana Government to Bring Health Insurance Scheme for All Hormone Therapy can Treat Eating Disorder in Transgenders' >> Recommended Reading Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Exercise Bikes or Elliptical Trainers: Which is Better? Cycling on an elliptical machine or exercise bike are excellent home based workouts, providing aerobic exercise and help increase heart rate and burn calories. READ MORE Exercises to Grow Taller An article that highlights on the list of exercises that aids to grow taller. READ MORE Health Benefits of Cycling For Women Cycling is a physical activity that is fun and time-efficient and is one of the best ways to reduce health problems specially in women. Read more to know the major health benefits of cycling on women. READ MORE Interstitial Cystitis Interstitial cystistis is an umbrella term where a pathology cannot be defined but the patient suffers from recurring, pain in the pelvic region along with other symptoms including frequency or urgency in urination READ MORE Peyronie´s Disease Peyronie''s disease is caused by scar tissue along the length of the penis, which causes the penis to bend during erection in men. READ MORE Sex Addiction Is sex addiction a malady that can be treated or is it only an excuse for celebrity romps? READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Side Effects Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Noscaphene (Noscapine) More News on: Interstitial CystitisSex AddictionExercise and FitnessExercises to Grow TallerUrinary SystemHealth Benefits of Cycling For WomenUrinary Incontinence - Symptom EvaluationPeyronie´s DiseaseExercise bikes or Elliptical trainers: Which is Better?