As the weather starts to warm up, we hibernating lesbians start to come out. Soon you will see us at backyard BBQs, or on Montrose beach playing sand volleyball, or even sipping mojitos on Lake Michigan. But, before we start stripping down and tanning up, we need to get back into shape. One popular form of exercise amongst my rug-munching sisters is biking. Biking is a wonderful way to lose weight and tone your legs. Let’s face it, we all want legs like Anna Kournikova or Jenny Finch. However, biking does pose a threat to one very special area, your vagina. This does not mean you need to immediately go onto Craigslist and sell your brand new $1200 road bike. Just follow these three guidelines to prevent injuries and maintain a happy and healthy bike-riding vagina.
#1: Seat Size and Position:
It is very important for the width of your bike seat to be 1-2 inches larger than the distance between your ischial tuberosities (also know as your sit bones). A simple and easy way to determine the width you need is by using aluminum foil and a carpeted stair. Take a large piece of aluminum foil and place it on a carpeted stair. Sit on the foil, lean forward a bit, and lift your feet. The two points of deepest impression are the tips of your sit bones. Measure the distance between these two points and then add 1-2 inches to this number. The resulting measurement is the width of bike seat that would best fit you.
The wider seat will reduce pressure to the soft tissue of your perineum. Your perineum is the area between your genitals and anus. This area houses many important structures that allow your vagina to maintain feeling and blood flow.
In addition, seat position can also affect vaginal health. Contrary to the current trends in cycling, you should have the nose of your seat tilted slightly downward. This tilt will transfer the pressure of the seat from your perineum to your sit bones resulting in less damage to the soft tissue that keeps your vagina happy and healthy.
#2: Handle Bar Position:
To avoid decrease cessation of your vagina, it is important to keep your handlebars at or above the level of your bicycle seat. When your handle bar level is lower then your seat then there is increased pressure on the front part of your perineum. This increased pressure to the front of your perineum can lead to decreased genital sensation.
Although bike shorts may be a fashion no-no, they are definitely a cycling yesyes. Proper bike shorts should be made of breathable, moisture wicking material, and a chamois lining. Wearing proper bike shorts can help you avoid crochitis. Crochitis is an irritation or inflammation of the crotch due to warmth, moisture, and friction.
I know many people believe diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but, I am here to tell you that Ms. Marilyn Monroe was wrong. VAGINAS are a girl’s best friend. Therefore, if you want to keep your best friend happy and healthy while out for a bike ride, just make sure you follow my three simple guidelines. If you ever need assistance in proper bike fitting and attire you can go into your local bike shop and ask someone there for assistance.
About The Guest Blogger
Jennifer Kernes was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She is a board certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. She graduated from North Central College in 2011 with a degree in Athletic Training. After a year of working as an athletic trainer for a physical therapy clinic, Jen decided to pursue a career in medicine. She is currently attending Dominican University in River Forest to complete her second bachelors in medical science. She is a smart, funny, and passionate girl that wants to combine her love of people with her love of sports medicine.