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Cycling does not harm men's sexual health, study says

From BBC - January 11, 2018

Cycling does not negatively affect men's sexual health or urinary function, a study has found.

Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable.

The findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men's sexual function, the study's authors said.

They said the benefits to cycling "far outweigh the risks".

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Some 2,774 cyclists from the UK, US Canada, Australia and New Zealand were surveyed, along with 539 swimmers and 789 runners, using a range of questionnaires that measured sexual health and urinary function.

Sexual health and urinary function were comparable in all three groups, researchers said, although some cyclists were more prone to urethral strictures - a narrowing of the urethra.

There was also no statistically significant difference between high intensity cyclists - those who have cycled for more than two years more than three times per week and averaging more than 25 miles per day - and recreational cyclists.

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