Can Cycling Affect Your Fertility?
By Emily Badiozzaman
The short answer? Afraid so, Froomey.
The longer answer is that if you’re on two wheels more often than two feet (or cycle more than 5,000km per year), you could be saddled with a testing problem.
According to the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, the restricted blood flow to the crotch lowers testosterone. Tight shorts and constant jostling can also elevate levels of gonadal steroids, which impair your ability to produce sperm, says Ferdinand Frauscher, Professor of Radiology at the University of Innsbruck.
But it’s not all doom and Froome – get out of the hot seat by investing in proper suspension, padded shorts and a saddle that has the central section cut out to put less weight on your bits. Time to get a chamois on.
Originally published on menshealth.co.uk