Does cycling cause impotence?

I encountered an issue where my testicles got twisted together, requiring surgical intervention to fix the problem.

Is it possible to have your balls tangled from riding?

A “colleague” of mine was training for the Iron Man, a crazy event that requires a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle and a marathon run. He told me, he had to have an operation because his balls became tangled when training for the gruelling cycling section. I did not believe it. Never in my life had I heard of anyone having their balls tangled from cycling too much.

But he was not joking. In subsequent weeks he had an operation to untangle his balls. Now whether or not this is actually due to cycling remains to be proven. I highly doubt it.

I personally have never had any issues, nor has anyone else that I have known to ride.

This begs the question though, does cycling give rise to impotence, because this could be more prevalent and less obvious than having your balls tangled.

History of Cycling Impotence

In the late 90’s a study was performed that declared that riding resulted in impotence. The cycling industry was devastated when the news came out. They were afraid of losing riders and thus losing business. But there was no real proof that the statement of impotence was true. There were many riders who rode regularly and could still “function” properly. The study was forced to issue statements from the riders that they had tested, to prove that the test was genuine. Of course, these riders returned to a normal state of erectile functioning after they “stopped” cycling.

As a consequence of this study, it unexpectedly turned the business fortunes of bicycle manufacturers. Rather than turning cyclists away from the sport, cyclists began to purchase new and improved saddles that supposedly did not cause impotence. Happy days once again for the industry, as research and new products were developed for cyclists.

The demand for new saddles which were genital friendly (or just simply aerodynamic) went through the roof. Old saddles were thrown out the door in favor of redesigned improved saddles.

Saddle designs since those old days have markedly improved. Later studies have proven that, riding on the wrong saddle may cause impotence. Long hours of riding and too much weight on the genitals could numb the nerves. However, these symptoms would persist for long long or heavy heavy riders. The position of the rider, weight distribution and various other aspects also play a part, but not as much as the cyclist’s weight and time on saddle.

Don’t Be Afraid

If you are concerned about becoming impotent while riding a bicycle, don’t be. Unless you are riding miles and miles every day, I dare say, you won’t notice any problems. You might get a sore butt, but not erectile dysfunction. These days saddles are so well designed, that comfort levels are much higher than before. But if you are experiencing any issues, then shorten the rides. It’s as simple as that!


Does cycling cause impotence?
If you are cycling for hour upon hours on a bad saddle and you are overweight, then cycling could numbness and result in impotency. However, with the current design of saddles and unlwas you are riding many many hours a day, you won’t become impotent.
What should I do if I get sore balls?
Use the RICE methodology. RICE is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Rest – This goes without saying. Rest and do not exercise. Do NOT jump back on the bike. Stick to swimming as a light form of exercise and wait for the pain to subside. Ice – You don’t have to use ice. But use an ice pack, or the old tried and tested a bag of frozen peas. Another method is to use a bowl of cool to cold water and use it to cool your genitals. The coolness will reduce inflammation and pain. Compression – Use compression to reduce blood flow and to assist with reduced inflammation. (I’m kidding!) How can use compression in your crotch area? You can’t! Don’t try and use compression unless you have crazy and warped ideas. Elevation – raise them high. Lie on your back to also reduce blood flow in order to reduce inflammation.