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A new study has found that cycling does not negatively affect men's sexual health or urinary function, allowing people to enjoy this classic pursuit without fear of life-changing repercussions.

Researchers at the University of California found that that any negative impact of cycling was comparable to that of any other sport, such as swimming or running.

They contacted more than 5,000 respondents via Facebook, which included cyclists, runners and swimmers, and used around 4,000 responses for the study. Of these, more than 2,700 liked to regularly cycle from all over the US, UK, and Australia.

The researchers then divided these responses into low intensity - those who were on their bike regularly - and high intensity cyclists - who cycled more than 25 miles at least three times a week for more than two years.

Each was then asked questions about their sexual health, such as whether they'd had prostate problems, urinary tract infections, genital numbness and saddle sores, as well as other topics. They were also asked about their bike riding, including how often they cycled and the type of equipment, such as saddle, handlebars and shorts they used.

The team concluded that any risks of cycling were far outweighed by the health benefits closely associated with the pursuit. Like many sports, cycling on a regular basis can keep your blood pressure low, excess weight off and allow you to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For many keen cyclists, this will be a relief, allowing them to concentrate on how to have the most fun in the bedroom, rather than whether their hobby is going to affect their performance down the line.

As long as you have safe sex that both parties are fully into, there's little to worry about in this department. If you want to spice things up a little bit with your partner, there's a wide selection of sex toys available for both men and women that can turn the heat up in your love life.