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Testicles and saddles(17 posts)

Testicles and saddlesPsychler
Sep 8, 2002 5:48 PM
Just returned from the urologist...right testicle slightly swollen, going for some internal exam on Tues. Doc feels that banging around on a mountain bike two days a week and long miles on the road two times a week can put a testicle under some stress. He did NOT tell me to stop...but recommended cooling it for a little bit...warm baths, motrin...
I ride a Flight saddle...I am 5'10" 145lbs and prefer a narrow and light seat... I wonder if those cutouts/ soft spot saddles really work? is there a saddle that is meant to relieve stress on the "boys" while also keeping the weight down? Funny, last week I was considering an SLR saddle to help reduce that does not seem to be an option.
No, absolutely nothing to help the nutsLone Gunman
Sep 8, 2002 6:03 PM
Cut out saddles are meant to relieve pressure on the bundle of nerves and blood vessles that feed the boys. I once had some sort of infection that resulted in one testicle swelling to the size of a lemon. Doc put me on antibiotcs for 2 weeks and things got back to normal. You didn't mention if you had any pain with the swelling, mine had me walkin bow legged for a week. Stick with what you got if it is comfortable, take some side to side saddle measurements to use as a guide before buying.
No, absolutely nothing to help the nutsMXL02
Sep 9, 2002 4:22 AM
I am no expert, but I just reach in and pull mine up and away from the saddle. The riding shorts keep them in place. Cutouts are not the key, in my opinion.
$perm count...........african
Sep 9, 2002 6:55 AM
I am pulling mine now. Just kidding. But seriously, do cyclists have a lower sperm count than the general population, I heard that we do????????
Sep 9, 2002 7:11 AM
certainly, plenty of studies have indicated bicycling as a contributor to impotenence (of course, it could be argued that the act of bicycling itself isnt harmful, but the manner in which it is done (duration, bike fit, etc) - but this is another topic)

I think people confuse 'impotense' with 'fertility'. There's a huge difference; Neither I nor my doctor have heard of any studies linking fertility to bicycling.
$perm count...........fbg111
Sep 9, 2002 8:08 AM
I have a friend who is a PhD in Exercise Physiology and a triathlete. She told me that the problem long-term cyclists sometimes face, both men and women, is that the blood vessels in the soft tissue can become worn and weakened, decreasing the overall blood flow to the genitals. Obviously more of a problem for men than for women, but it can still decrease a woman's sensation down there. It was a quick discussion and I didn't get a lot of details, but I can email her about it if anyone is interested to learn more.
Sep 9, 2002 9:35 AM
Recent data point for me is 209 million/cc - normal is 80 to 120 million/cc, but then I studied really hard for my sperm test. Me and the missus have been trying to have some little primates.

FWIW - I run a WTB SSTK '98 saddle on the MTB and a Selle Italia Max Trans Am on the road bike. I've spent a lot of time getting my fit and postion dialed in and can ride for hour after hour with zero numbness and discomfort - day after day, but this wasn't always the case. I figure you owe it to yourself to get this area completely resolved and money shouldn't be the issue.
Sep 9, 2002 9:56 AM
I tested 7 mil; chronically low. But the doc said absolutely no correlation to cycling.

In other news, despite chronically low counts, We got very lucky and will be enoying our (naturally conceived) child in february.
Sep 9, 2002 10:37 AM
Glad to hear that you have one on the way - all you need is for one squiggly to get past the defenses! ;-)

I think that there are lots of "cycling legends" out there and the only real data is that the plumbing can get crushed which is always bad. Anytime you have numbness, soreness, pain, or any other discomfort you owe it to yourself to get the problem resolved. Heck, I figure you've spent all sorts of money and your very valuble time what's a few more dollars in the name of being totally comfortable and happy? I know too many people that either won't do long rides b/c of some sort of pain or do the long ride, but are really hurting afterwards. I wind up trading/selling saddles that didn't work out for me.
Sep 9, 2002 10:44 AM
agree, fit and comfort says it all.

Since you're aware of your count, i presume things are going a little slower than you planned. Keep the faith, and it'll happen one way or another.

good luck. And even more luck when the primates decide to appear!

oh gawd!!!, that is horrible(nm)aet
Sep 9, 2002 6:36 AM
re: Testicles and saddlesInhighgear
Sep 8, 2002 6:30 PM
It's all about Alcott's Canal
re: Testicles and saddlesbreck
Sep 9, 2002 1:27 AM
Finding a saddle that fits your anatomy is difficult. There is no "best" saddle here.

Do not point the saddle straight ahead. Off-set the nose a little to the left or right, experiment, your nutts will thank you for it.

Mountain bike riding should be less of a prob than road as you un-load the saddle more, esp on the down hill. But even on the road bike you need to get off the saddle more & maybe this will help.

Also, too stiff a seat post does not help.

Cheers all,
Good advise here........Dave Hickey
Sep 9, 2002 3:45 AM
Your jewels tend to stay on one side of the saddle. Find out what your natural side is and tilt the nose the other way.
agreed. i do this, works for me. nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 9, 2002 7:02 AM
re: Testicles and saddlesdivve
Sep 9, 2002 2:38 AM
The SLR XP Trans Am is a pretty good junk saver. I find it even better then the Flite Gelflow I got for my mountain bike.
since i use both, i guess i'll respondJS Haiku Shop
Sep 9, 2002 7:09 AM
there was some scientificable study a few years ago (in the last 5) that found some huge percentage of mountain bikers in the test group had benign testicular cysts, supposedly due to banging around (sorry) on trails. seemed the cysts resolved themselves with time off the bike. suggestions post-study were less time in the saddle on trails, full suspension, or more genteel road rides.

good on ya for seeing the doc. some have to be dragged kicking and screaming.