Hardened riders facing stiffy penalties [2009/01]


Male riders are at risk of impotence and urinary problems, a new survey has found.


The research, based on 234 motorcyclists who ride their bikes for around three hours every weekend, looked at the relationship between motorcycling and erectile dysfunction.


The problems are thought to be due to the seats on most motorcycles putting pressure on the perineum – the area between the scrotum and the anus.   Vibrations from the engines are thought to damage nerves in the penis and decrease two growth hormones in the bladder and prostate which are related to relaxing the bladder.


Of those riders questioned 69% were diagnosed with problems.


There was found to be a significant difference between the motorcycle group and non-riders in the numbers affected by the condition in all age groups.


Those complaining of problems reported difficulties getting as erection and urinating.


The survey has been compiled by doctors in Japan and the results published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.


MCN 10 December 2008






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