Tell me about your experiences with bike seat neuralgia.
I am a 41 year old, overweight female. Around May 7, I purchased a Schwinn Avenue
bike and started riding it a couple of times a week, about 3 miles at a time. After riding I would have a lot of soreness and bruised feeling for a few days from my perineum to my pubic bone, which I thought was normal "breaking in" and getting used to riding a bike after 25 years. I would also notice some tingling in my genitals.
Concurrent to starting to ride the bike, I started experiencing difficulty with orgasm and realized that clitoral sensation is decreased. I can feel pressure, but not touch.
Coincidentally, I had a Mirena installed in mid-April, so on my follow-up visit to my gynecologist, I asked her about my problems and whether she thought they were Mirena-related or bike-related. She thought it was a bike thing, even though at that time I hadn't ridden for over a week. She verified that I have decreased sensation (in fact, I didn't realize she was even touching me). Her recommendation was to get a fitting at a local bike shop for a properly fitting seat and to call her on July 1 if I'm still numb.
Needless to say, I'm a bit freaked at the state of things and would like some reassurance from others who have been in the same situation that this is a temporary thing and that my parts will soon come back to life. There have been a lot of studies on men with bike-induced erectile dysfunction, but very little seems to be out there about women with bike-induced sexual dysfunction. And I'm really not willing to get back on any
bike seat unless I have some sort of assurance that it's not going to cause further damage.
Hope me, Mefi!