Lance Armstrong’s Low Libido

Seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he’s no sex champion – even though he’s recently announced the birth of his fourth child, son Max (“20 inches long, 7lbs 5oz, Mommy healthy and so am I”) on Twitter.

In the three years he was “retired” from professional cycling Lance made a name for himself as a celebrity skirt chaser, leaving his wife and the mother of his three children for singer Sheryl Crow, then breaking up with her three months into their engagement to go on and date actress Kate Hudson and one of the Olsen twins, before setting up with Max’s mother Anna Hansen.

But in an interview with the Men’s Journal he says he really doesn’t understand why chicks dig him. He says he is sure it isn’t his sex drive!

“I had sex if I had the energy. I wasn’t one of those guys who believed in the myths about the guy losing his chi. The fact is that if you are riding your bike six, seven hours a day, you are not a sex champion. You’re just not. You have fatigue, low testosterone, and a lower libido. But you know, I never got any complaints.”

Does Cycling Cause Impotence?

Clearly the athlete who contested his eighth Tour de France this year and who is promising to be back in 2010 hasn’t yet been struck with the ‘cyclist’s curse’ of impotence predicted by prominent urologist Dr Irwin Goldstein in Bicycling Magazine a few years ago.

Dr Goldstein got plenty of attention with his claim that “There are two kinds of cyclists: those who are impotent and those who will be.” The jury is still out on whether Lance has anything to worry about, because there have been no qualified or scientifically acceptable studies carried out on the link between impotence and bicycling.

Sure, there is plenty of anecdotal and clinical evidence to confirm that long-term or endurance cycling causes numbness and discomfort in the genital region, but does that equate to long-term cycling impotence?

A survey conducted on participants in a Norwegian endurance bike race found that 20% of the competitors reported penile numbness lasting from a few minutes to a day or more following the event and that 13% of competitors reported temporary impotence.

Manufacturers are currently experimenting with new saddles to reduce pressure and give more support.

Treatment for Cycling Impotence

If you’ve noticed a decline in sexual performance – or like Lance you are feeling the effects of fatigue, low testosterone and lowered libido – there are a range of options you can consider from pharmaceuticals like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to natural herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite (www.herbalignite.com) containing tribulus terrestris to boost testosterone. And in the meantime, until more hard evidence surfaces, you’ll be healthier getting on your bike and giving yourself a good cardio workout, than keeping off it because of fear of impotence.

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