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Cycling/Spinning Class: Does it Cause any Damage to Genitalia?

By Anonymous March 22, 2009 - 7:22pm
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I have been taking a cycling/spinning class, and anyone who has ridden a bike knows that your "sit bones" can ache for a few days afterwards.

I started wondering if I am doing any long-term damage to my genital region by being on a bike? Is there any research on this? Is it the same for men and women?

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Has anyone experienced numbness in the area of the clitoris after spinning
I did a few spinning classes and since then one side is numb. I dont experience any sensation. I think it may be nerve damage. Where do I turn?

September 8, 2016 - 10:34am
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I bought a spin bike last week and each time I use it for even just 10 minutes I bleed like I have a period. I don't get a period anymore from my bc and I went to the doctor and they couldn't find anything. Could the bike or seat be ripping something inside and causing me to bleed?

December 16, 2015 - 2:31pm
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I have done spinning for the first time for 45 min and after that next day I have spotted blood clot in continuously in small amount for 3 days but I am sure its not period because only blood clot in dark brown color are their I consulted to my doctor he told me stop spinning go for normal exercise But I love to do spinning can you suggest me what should I do or this symptoms are normal because I am overweight and suddenly start spinning so is this a reason plz suggest me.

January 21, 2014 - 1:20am
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So Susan it's been a week since I got my injury and it's no longer swollen or discolored or uncomfortable. But, there's a sort of knot I can feelsort of inside the lip? Hard to explain but it's got a big knot that just seems to be getting bigger. I have no idea what to do.

August 9, 2012 - 10:25pm
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I'm new to biking. On the first day of getting my new bike my hand slipped off the handle bar and I hit my left vaginal lip on the bar of my bike very hard. At first, it didn't hurt. But about an hour later it became very swollen and extremely painful. I iced it for about an hour and went to bed and this mornin I woke up and the swelling has gone down but not by much. Should I be worried? What can I do to make the swelling go away?

August 2, 2012 - 8:32am
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I haven't really seen any one address this issue, but I took my first spin class today. The seat was pretty much unbearable. However, after class there was two strips of blood in my underwear, and those locations on me now sting to the point of almost crying. The vulval vestibule is the worst.. not positive if the blood is from that or not.. has that happened before to any one? suggestions on pain relief?

July 23, 2012 - 2:09pm
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I recently had a bad bike fall and injured my vagina. It swelled and was so black on my right butt cheek, I thought I was an alien. I also have a hard knot on my right labia misora area near the perineum and also feels like it is just a swelling but could it be something worse and should I go to the doctor?

May 22, 2012 - 6:40am
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So glad I found this post! I took my first spin class last night and am definitely feeling the pain. It's good to know in a few weeks I won't feel this way after class. I did spend a good portion of last night icing the sit bone and that seems to help alleviate the pain. I am hesitant to invest money into something I just started. Because unlike my sneakers I don't think I will do too much with a pair of padded bike shorts. Any other recommendations to help with the pain/discomfort?

August 4, 2011 - 11:08am

I have a similar concern. I've been spinning for about 8 months and have recently developed pain and burning and my vagina. It feels very similar to a UTI but it's not. Will bike shorts help? I'm about 80#'s overweight so they will not be flattering. Or would a simple pad be the answer? Does anyone have any advice for me?

July 6, 2011 - 6:43pm
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Hi Golfmom,

Spinning should not be the cause of pain and burning in your vaginal area-- especially if they are mimicking UTI symptoms. Have you made an appointment with your doctor? If the pain persists, I would definitely recommend calling for a check up since this shouldn't go unseen. Sometimes beginning Spinners will notice some soreness during the first few classes but this will generally go away. Since you have been spinning for 8 months, I don't think this is the same kind of pain you are referring to.

Please give your doctor a visit, you may have a UTI-- and keep us posted,


July 7, 2011 - 9:46am
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