Bicycle handlebar position affects female genital sensation

Bicycle handlebar position affects female genital sensation
Low handlebar positioning relative to the bicycle saddle is associated with increased perineal saddle pressure and decreased sensation in critical pelvic floor structures, according to research published online March 5 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

(HealthDay) -- Low handlebar positioning relative to the bicycle saddle is associated with increased perineal saddle pressure and decreased sensation in critical pelvic floor structures, according to research published online March 5 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Sarah N. Partin, M.S.P.H., of the Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station, and colleagues performed a sub-analysis on a group of 48 previously-studied competitive female cyclists who were nonpregnant, premenopausal women who rode at least 10 miles per week, four weeks per month. was measured in microns using biosthesiometry measures of vibratory thresholds. Perineal and total saddle pressures were determined using a specialized pressure map and recorded in kilopascals (kPA).

The researchers found that handlebars positioned lower than the saddle correlated with significantly increased perineum saddle pressures and decreased anterior vaginal and left labial genital sensation. No association was found between low handlebars and total saddle pressures or altered genital sensation in other areas. After adjusting for variables of age and saddle type, low handlebars were linked with significant increases in mean perineum saddle pressures (3.47 kPA) and anterior vagina vibratory threshold (0.86 microns).

"Handlebars positioned lower than the saddle were significantly associated with increased perineum saddle pressures and decreased genital sensation in female cyclists," the authors write.


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Mar 16, 2012
"Handlebars positioned lower than the saddle were significantly associated with increased perineum saddle pressures and decreased genital sensation in female cyclists," the authors write.

SO...I guess....that is 'good'...? Perhaps...it is good during riding...?!? Does it ...what does.... this mean and, or, what are you trying to tell the wary female, everyday, hardworking, intelligent person? Please., doctor, professor, brainiac, Sarah N. Partin, M.S.P.H., of the Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station???

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Mar 17, 2012
Re 210: The study is saying that women who ride their bicycles with their handlebars positioned below the saddle have increased permanent sensation loss in the "anterior vaginal and left labial genital" areas. This is most likely due to the increased pressure on the genital area in this riding position.

Mar 19, 2012
By the way, who cares? And what is this ridiculous article doing here?

Mar 24, 2012
"SO...I guess....that is 'good'...? Perhaps...it is good during riding...?!? "

No. Read the article again. A woman's ability to feel sexual stimulation (for the rest of their lives) is harmed if the handlebars are too low on her bike.

"By the way, who cares? "

Well, it's scientific and medical, so it's interesting, and it is also a significant worry female cyclists and those who care about them should consider.

"And what is this ridiculous article doing here?"

It's a big internet, and no one is forcing you to read this article.

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