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ask: 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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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
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for the update and I'm glad the injuries have healed and are no longer painful.

Is the knot painful? It may be part of the original injury but if it hasn't subsided in the next week, a visit to the doctor is likely warranted.

Sorry this has caused you so much trouble - who would have thought? Keep us posted.

Best to you,


August 10, 2012 - 6:03am
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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
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Keep icing and keep off the bike while you heal - it could be several days. Consider getting a well padded seat or wear a sanitary napkin when you bike.



August 3, 2012 - 5:07am
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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
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

You may have damaged a bone or other area - your vagina is inside your body - a kind of tunnel that leads to your cervix; is this the area you mean? Or do you mean external injuries? If you don't see improvement within the next few days, seeing a doctor is a good idea.



May 22, 2012 - 9:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks for responding to me, this must be a external injury, but it's near my vagina at the bottom of my vulva in my perineum area and I haven't had the nerve to look inside or feel inside to see if it's actually in my vagina wall. It's seems to be only in the area I mentioned and again this happened because of a severe fall on my bike whacking my myself there. I don't think its a cyst because it doesn't move and the size has gone down, but it's been 1.5 weeks since this has happened. I still have bruises on my other leg too. I do have a doctors appointment tomorrow, but would really rather not go. I have another bike ride this weekend and just want to not have this get worse.

May 23, 2012 - 6:14am
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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
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