One of the causes of urethral stricture is “straddle injury.” As the name implies, this occurs when someone straddles a hard object like a bicycle seat, fence, pole, or something like that and falls on top of it, landing on – well – very sensitive parts of your body. This will probably be on the perineum, which is the area between the scrotum and the rectum.
There is evidence of a link between bike-riding and urethral stricture. From the Medhelp Urology board:
Note that there is an association between urethral stricture disease (scarring and narrowing of the urethra), penile numbness as well as impotence and bicycle riding.
So a good question to ask is this – “Is there a bicycle seat to help prevent urethral strictures?” Yes there are. You’d be looking for a seat that would not cause trauma to the perineum even if you did come down hard on it while riding. Some names for types of seats like this include “noseless” or “split-cheek” seats. One example, which is the one I use, is the Hobson Easyseat. It is a dual-pad seat which provides support for the bones in your butt cheeks, which not only would help prevent a straddle injury, but will help prevent numbness.
CLICK HERE to find out more or to purchase one of your own.
Here’s to numbness-free bike-riding (while also avoiding the very hard to fix problem of urethral stricture)!