Bike Riding and Prostate Problems

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Men who ride a bicycle with an uncomfortable bike seat can potentially develop a problem called prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland.

Prostatitis can cause difficult or painful urination, frequent urination, fever, low back pain, pain in the penis and/or testicles, inability to get an erection or decreased interest in sex.

The constant prolonged pressure from the saddle and jarring forces felt through the bike seat when riding over rough terrain may be the source of cycling-associated prostatitis.

The irritation of the prostate through bicycle riding, combined with the aging process, can lead to discomfort that can be moderate to severe. You can prevent bicycling-related prostatitis by using a male-specific bike seat, tilting your seat slightly forward and standing on the pedals once every 15 minutes.

Bike seats made for men either have a slight depression, or a soft spot, or both, running down the center of the seat. This cushioning helps lessen the constant pressure and jarring on the prostate.

Tilting your seat very slightly forward will help lessen pressure on your prostate gland. Standing on the pedals for a short duration takes the pressure off your prostate gland.

If prostate symptoms occur, see your doctor. If chronic prostatitis is your diagnosis, stay off the bike and give your body time to heal. Continue to exercise outdoors during this time by swimming, jogging or hiking. You may also try using a recumbent bike. the recumbent bike does not place pressure on the prostate gland but allows you to pedal for exercise.