Are Compression Shorts & Bike Seats Bad for the Penis?

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Are two common elements of athletics, compression shorts, and bicycle seats, causing problems for your penis? The Doctors welcome Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz, author of “The Penis Book,” to weigh in on some possible men's health hazards.

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Dr. Spitz warns against compression shorts, which are common for working out or playing sports in. "It turns your penis into a Petri dish," he says. He explains that when they are worn for too long, a dark and sweaty environment can occur which can lead to the growth of yeast.

Another area of concern when it comes to the penis is a bicycle seat. While biking can improve your health and sexual function, too much time on the bike seat can lead to issues. He explains the way your backside sits on the seat can compress the nerves and blood vessels that lead to the penis and cause nerve damage and restrict your blood flow to the area.

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He suggests using a bike seat that is split and also slopes down in the front. He also recommends that you rise up from a sitting position and move around while biking as much as possible while riding, along with not setting your handlebars too far forward, as this can lead to stress on the groin.

Get more information on Dr. Spitz's "The Penis Book," here