- What effect does cycling have on the bladder?
There is some information online:
It is not uncommon to have genitourinary symptoms caused by prolonged contact with the bike seat. These symptoms can include numbness and tingling, erectile dysfunction, hematuria (blood in the urine), overactive bladder, and even a transitory decrease in sperm production.
Bicycle riding combines two key triggers of female urinary tract infections -- friction and bacteria. If you're a woman and an avid cyclist, understanding the mechanics of infection and taking the right precautions can minimize the chance you'll contract a UTI during during this physical activity. If you're a male cyclist, little if any evidence shows a direct link between bike riding and infections, but the mechanics of cycling can aggravate another condition with symptoms mimicking bladder infections.
While the physical and mental health benefits of cycling are clear, there can be negative urological consequences.
(although that seems to be more about sperm count than anything else.)
Opinions seem to be contradicting, though. Is there anything conclusive?