Riding a bike can cause vaginal infections and bladder problems, warns expert. Pain and numbness and lead to 'sexual dysfunction'. The vulva bears as much as 40% of body weight.
We are told that cycling is good for us – it's a low-impact exercise that's easier on your joints than running.
But for women, the activity increases their risk of nasty infections and can negatively impact their sex lives.
That's according to a leading gynecologist, who says the pressure of biking can also cause swelling of the labia (the inner and outer folds), vaginal irritation and bladder problems.
This happens because the vulva bears as much as 40 per cent of a woman's body weight when cycling, as Cycling UK explain.
Pradnya Pisal, consultant gynecologist at London Gynecology told Metro all cyclists – male and female – will suffer some discomfort in their nether regions.
But for women it appears the effects of the hobby are beyond getting a little saddle sore.
Mrs Pisal said: 'All cyclists, male and female, have problems related to the genitalia.
‘For women cyclists, the most common problems are chafing, saddle sores, skin sensitivity and numbness, labial enlargement, vaginal irritation and infection (thrush and bacterial vaginosis), skin infections and urinary tract infections (UTIs).’