Infections & Cycling – Will riding my bike cause problems?
Unfortunately female cyclists are more prone to a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) than the average population. This makes sense when you understand that a UTI is caused by bacteria entering your urethra. When we ride a bike there can be a build up of heat, sweat, friction and pressure where we sit on the saddle. Which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Signs that you have a UTI vary but a burning sensation or pain with urination is common, along with an increased need to go to the toilet only to find a few drops is all that will painfully come out.
Thrush is another infection that is caused by the build up of bacteria & yeast in the vagina. Again bacteria flourishes in warm, wet environments so anyone prone to Thrush should be aware that cycling creates this situation. Symptoms of a Thrush infection include burning or itching, redness, a white discharge.
So we have established that when we ride for prolonged periods of time there is a likelihood that we will be producing more bacteria. This does not have to led to issues, it will not necessarily cause problems. If we are aware and have some knowledge we can manage the situation and minimise the risk that comes with bacteria building up.