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Cycling-related health article for women(4 posts)

Cycling-related health article for womenmickey-mac
Aug 5, 2002 3:39 PM
From today's LA Times:

Injury Affecting Women Cyclists Is Identified

Women can now add "bicyclist's vulva" to the growing list of sports side effects such as saddle sores and cyclist's nipples.

In Belgium, where the women's cycling event La Grande Boucle Feminine Internationale begins Aug. 12, this sports injury has been identified in competitive women cyclists. "Bicyclist's vulva," a chronic swelling on one side of a woman's genitals, isn't painful and doesn't seem to interfere with other activities, but the enlarged vulva is so embarrassing that the few women diagnosed with the bulging had not seen a doctor about it specifically.

"We think the reason for the swelling is chronic inflammation of the perineum and the curved position the cyclist maintains," says Dr. Luc Baeyens, head of sports gynecology at Brugmann University Hospital in Brussels.

Pressure from the bicycle seat doesn't appear to be a factor. Rather, the curved position taken when biking long distances compresses the lymph vessels in the groin, compromising circulation in the area, he says.

Although the problem may never resolve completely, it might be relieved or prevented by elevating the legs during rest periods to assist lymph drainage of the perineum and pelvis. Swelling may be reduced by applying cold compresses to the area after training and by massage, or manual drainage, to push the lymph fluid into alternative, undamaged pathways. Preventing inflammation and taking care of any irritation in the genital region are important too.

Competitive cyclists put in far more miles than the weekend athlete, but so can "spinners." Kimberly Fowler, a spinning teacher and owner of YAS (Yoga and Spinning) in Venice, says the average spinner clocks about 30 miles in a class. A person who combines long-distance biking on the weekends with three or four classes a week, which is not unusual, says Fowler, could bike 300 miles a week.
In light of this article, I offer my help in combating this...Ahimsa
Aug 5, 2002 4:50 PM
...dread condition.

"Swelling may be reduced by applying cold compresses to the area after training and by massage, or manual drainage, to push the lymph fluid into alternative, undamaged pathways."

I will be giving free examinations and vulvar massages to affected female cyclists. Just contact me here for details.

Cheers!

A. (Rumsa's mother in law need not apply)
everyone's getting a lot of mileage outta this pic, lol (nm)MVN
Aug 5, 2002 8:45 PM
here's the worst case ever seen! apologies in advance if this is you. hehe.SpecialEd
Aug 6, 2002 2:50 PM
this is baaaad!

Needs to lay off the bike i think...click if photo doesn't display.