Love my women's-specific road bike, hate the numbness and pain its saddle causes in my women's-specific parts. Help me fix this?
A few weeks ago, I bought a road bike. (Yay!) I commute on it daily, about 5 miles, and I've also been taking it for longer rides in the hills, from 20-40 miles, a few times a week. I'm new to being more than an occasional rider. So far: I love the bike. I love biking. I do not love what the bike does to my lady bits. During the last few longer rides, I've had discomfort in my crotch while on the bike, and, much more worrisome to me, numbness and also burning pain in my vagina/labia/clit area after the rides, sometimes long after. (I'm 24 hours from my last ride and still feeling the burn.)
Obviously, I need a new bike seat. The people at the store where I bought my new ride told me it's a nice bike but the saddle sucks. (It's an Avenir saddle with no cutout.) My question is whether I should just buy a better quality road bike saddle, or go more extreme and get a noseless saddle like those shown here
I've done a little reading on bike seats and E.D. in men (there seems to be less research on women, alas), and some of it is really scary. I'd like to keep riding and up my mileage, and I really don't want to come away with permanent nerve damage. On the other hand, I don't want to go overboard and get a crazy noseless design I don't need if a better regular saddle is going to do the trick.
FWIW, I'm on the thin side, kind of bony, sometimes I wonder whether this is making matters worse...maybe I just don't have as much natural padding as most. I haven't bought padded shorts yet, but I know I should and I intend to, no matter what saddle I end up with.
Has anybody had a similar problem and willing to offer advice? Any women had experience with noseless saddles?
I, and my junk, thank you.