Numbness of the genitals
Feelings of numbness while riding a bike?
Permanently high pressure on the perineal area when cycling often results in numbness and less often in pain. Special nerves, fibres and vessels in the perineal area can reduce the blood flow if the saddle is too narrow, soft or unsuitable. SQlab step saddles in the right width offer more freedom.
Causes of numbness
Numbness often appears as a symptom for compressed nerves and/or reduced blood flow in the perineal area. Special nerves and blood vessels in the perineal area of men are responsible for the erection.
If the blood supply to these is reduced or they are compressed for any extended periods of time, this can lead to reduced sexual performance. This process is reversible, as after a longer period off the bike this process is usually reversed and the usual sexual performance returns.
|Caution! The problem can become chronical. Numbness is an alarm signal! Those who listen to their body can minimise the risks so that the positive effects of training prevail. Cycling is a fantastic heart-circulation-training and hence improves sexual performance.|
Saddle to narrow
More performance - less pain
Wrong saddle shape
More free space – less pressure!
Too soft saddle
Cause - too soft saddle
leads to sinking sit bones
SQlab saddle models in different saddle firmnesses adapted to riding duration and area of use
A too soft saddle usually becomes very uncomfortable after approx. 30 – 45 minutes on the bike.
The sit bones sink in so far, that sensitive soft tissue such as muscle and tendons are aggravated. After approx. 30 – 40 minutes a dull deep pressing pain sets in.
The sinking in of the sit bones also causes the perineal area in men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch in women to be subjected to higher pressure. Specifically, soft padding will effectively stop the blood flow. It is rare that the padding is so soft that the saddle shell causes the discomfort.
Soft saddles are generally only suitable for short distances!