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Girls+Bicycles What can riding a bike do?

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I have a 9 year old niece. I bought her and her brothers (8 and 6) bicycles. But the mom won't let the girl ride hers.

I remember someone saying it would hurt her vagina. Then I recall someone asking if it was a boy or girls bike and they acted like it'd be better if I got her a boys bike...? But she's rode it before and enjoyed it. She loves it.

I don't want to ask the parent cause I don't want to question her motherly skills and I don't want to bring up the subject or her 9 year olds genitalia. I especially don't wanna ask the girl about it for obvious reasons. I could search it on Google but I'm afraid some illegal mess will pop up.

So can someone please tell me why it's such a big deal? What can riding a bike do to a little girl, and why is the parent so concerned about it? Are there any ways around it?
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replied December 30th, 2014
Welcome to e health forum.

While riding a bicycle, the body makes contact with the saddle at three points: Points one and two, your sit bones, are also known as the ischial tuberosities. The third point is the soft-tissue between your legs. Whereas sit bones are designed to withstand body weight and pressure, the soft-tissue of the genitalia is not. During long rides, the pressure exerted on soft-tissue can cause painful skin irritation and constrict blood flow. This can deaden the nerves.

Generally Bicycle riding for girls is safe. But some people have fear or concerns that girls riding a bicycle (which has incompatible saddles) can be the cause for urinary infections, genital injuries (including tear of the hymen) as well as chaffing / Irritation of the sensitive skin in the perineum.

But these are issues which have simple solutions and should not cause any female to avoid biking.

1. Get the Right Saddle – You can test different saddles for comfort and also adjust the saddle height and the fore/aft position.

Fidget – Moving around the saddle while you ride every 10 minutes or standing up in the pedals - can help relieve the constant pressure sensation on the genital area.

2. Bike Fit – ask the mechanic at the bike shop which bike would be appropriate for a person's body size and fit. If needed minor adjustments can be made to the existing bike.
Go Vertical – Consider adjusting your bike stem and handles so your posture can be more vertical. Sixty degrees to the horizontal is recommended.

3. Wearing Padded Shorts – Get shorts with thick, seamless padding. Cycling shorts are meant to be worn without underwear. Wash the shorts after every use, and never cycle in shorts that have not been washed.

4. Genital care
- Practice good hygiene. Wash and dry your crotch area after every ride.
- Use an Emollient – With clean hands apply a good emollient to the genital area and thighs to help prevent chafing. Find a chamois cream or jelly that works best for you.

I hope the information here is helpful.

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replied January 4th, 2015
Thanks for the reply, it's helpful. I guess I know why the mom was concerned. I'll... Let her rest often I reckon.

Now I'm curious though. Could prolonged bike riding deform the shape of female genitalia or is that unrelated?
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