What Causes Compression Issues?
Time on the bike is a big factor in this one. You may have no issues at the front of your genital area with short rides but as you sit there for longer discomfort becomes apparent and may turn into chaffing, burning, extreme pressure, numbness or pain. Some women are lucky and will never have a problem in this particular area as everyone is made differently so the shape and amount of tissue will be different from body to body. Your experience will be unique to you. Don’t put up with any odd feelings. On going compression of nerves, bleeding or burning can lead to permanent damage.
The more upright your body position on the bike the more weight will be transferred directly down into your sit bones. As you lean forward this weight gets distributed forward along your pelvic bones so any soft tissue that is in the way will begin to get squashed. This area of your body has not been designed to take this weight or pressure. This makes genital problems more common in forward bent riding positions.
To take this problem even further some riders out there experience pubic bone bruising. This is usually only in prolonged periods of extreme forward bent riding. A “Split Nose Saddle” can help, along with increasing the strength of your lower abdominal muscles.