Now I hate to say I told you so, but I knew there was a reason I've avoided the gym for practically my entire life. It's all to do with the problems it causes for your sex life, and I know which one I'd rather prioritize.
According to scientific research (it was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and everything), spending too much time on the exercise bike (or an IRL bike, for that matter) can actually desensitize your vagina so much that your sexual experience is weakened.
In the 2012 study, which was clearly organized by a bunch of people who prefer running to cycling, the researchers compared avid female runners to avid female cyclists (they had to cycle at least 10 miles a week to be eligible, so that would've been me eliminated). It was, of course, discovered that particular bikes had an impact in "vaginal and labial genital sensation", which is a cute terminology.
The researchers discovered that bikes with handlebars positioned lower than the saddle are likely to cause most impact when it comes to loss of sexual sensation, thanks to "increased perineum saddle pressures" which particularly impacts "left labial genital sensation." So there you go.
But don't worry, it's not just women who have to deal with the lack of feeling down there as a result of a penchant for cycling; it can lead to erectile dysfunction in extreme cases for men, too. All's fair, and all that.
So what can you do to ensure your sex life doesn't suffer because you've been going hard at it during your spin class? Maybe invest in some cushioning to put on the saddle, give your perineum a break. Or, you know, just don't go to the gym.
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