Thursday, May 15, 2008

Speaking of hot tubs (from the "getaway" article)...

Do any of you know exactly what too much hot tub use does to the penis? I've often heard that it can inhibit erections. Is that true? Does it cause physical ED, either temporary or permanent, or is it just an old wives tale?

And what about guys doing intense bike riding? Say a guy's doing 2 hours of intense biking, 3-5 days a week. Can that cause physical ED, either temporary or permanent?

If you know where I can read scientific research on this, please post the link.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is an article on ED and bicycle seats:

http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/news/20050825/studies-link-bike-seats-erectile-dysfunction

Have not seen anything about hot tubs.

Gemma said...

Thanks for the article link, anon. We're not dealing with ED but my dh is wanting to do some bike riding so we decided it to be wise to check out the pros and cons, esp with his age... late 50's. I believe we'll be purchasing him a better bike seat, ;-) just to be safe.

Anonymous said...

We have a hot tub that we use almlost every day..Ed is not a problem..he will even get erections IN the hot tub if we are playng.
As far as biking...most of dh's biking is done on the recumbant bike on our sun porch...no problems with that either.

Gemma said...

Anon, your dh's lack of problems with hot tubs and bikes is fortunate. I suppose it either means that hot tubs and bikes aren't the issue or... that age plays a significant part in this (Is your dh under 40?) or... "other". Thank you.

midwestman said...

No scientific info here but this is the first I have ever heard of hot tubs causing any ED problems. They will, of course, kill off sperm since 100-104 is not compatible with the life of sperm, so if you're trying to get pregnant, hot tubs are a no-no.

We have a tub, I use it every day, and can report the same results as the anonymous poster said. Don't have any ED problems out or IN the tub :)

mwm

Anonymous said...

Gemma my dh is 49. :)

Gemma said...

mwm, I'm beginning to think that hot tubs aren't such an issue. Good to know... thanks!

midwestman said...

I did a WebMD search and found no link between hot tubs and ED. I did find this article about biking and ED:

http://men.webmd.com/features/biking-and-erectile-dysfunction-a-real-risk

mwm

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Gemma said...

Thanks for the link, mwm.

Mr. Rkt said...

Gemma, I was the poster on TMB who referred to ED after the hot tub. I think it leaves out an event in the chain. The hot tub overheated me, drove up my blood pressure, and made me feel symptoms of shock when I got out -- sweating, ears ringing, lightheadedness when I tried to stand. ED was the result of THAT. So the hot tub indirectly caused ED.

I think that it was because of my general health at the time. I'm much, much healthier now, and don't have any ED symptoms at all. But I haven't been in a hot tub for a long time, so I don't know if they still affect me that way or not.

BTW, although not universal, those particular symptoms of hot tub use are common enough for public hot tubs to post warnings about them.

Gemma said...

From what everyone here is saying, hot tubs seem to be safe. And yes, I've seen the warning signs at hotels. Sometime after you use hot tubs again, let me know the verdict.

Thanks, Mr. Rkt.

Who am I said...

I love getting hot for my wife in hot tubs and don't remember it being a problem.

Of course, I am used to very hot showers, I often am red when I come out.

I would love to own a hot tub someday and have it in a secluded place and I love it when we go away and there is one available.

Gemma said...

WAI, I'd love to own one, too. Our next house....