Can You Get A Urinary Tract Infection From Biking?

Urinary Tract Infection and Mountain Biking

If you are physically active in sports and other activities, a urinary tract infection can be a real concern. Tight fitting clothing and or constant irritation on or around the genital area can most definitely create a situation that can lead to a UTI or bladder infection. I found the following post on a website for mountain biking.

Can you get a urinary tract infection from biking?by aligardner » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:40 am

Does anyone else suffer from this? I mountain bike 3 times a week and have returned from a mountain biking holiday to suffer from uti. Seems a common problem. Any ideas on saddles for 30km type black routes, and shorts etc?

Re: urinary tract infections mountain biking

by kathg » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:06 pm

I am really prone to this sort of thing too :-( . I have experimented with different saddles and shorts to no avail but have found the solution is to use lots of anti-chafing cream. The anti bacterial stuff is the best e.g. sport slick, or assos any brand of chamois pad cream that you can apply direct or to your shorts (be careful of menthol in any creams/gels though… can sting a bit). Also, make sure your seat is the right height.. sounds obvious but if it is a bit high then the side to side motion of your hips can cause problems.

After your ride do not under any circumstances leave your shorts on to have a coffee/food or drive home.. get em off asap and put some cotton undies on or have a shower/ wash straight after riding.

Hope this may help.. I really understand how miserable this problem can make you!


Re: urinary tract infections mountain biking

by miss notax » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:53 am

I think it’s kind of a girlie cycling thing :( 

If anyone finds the magic cure please be sure to tell me :wink:

Evidently, you can most certainly get a urinary tract infection from biking.  In almost every kind of sport, there will be irritation or injury to some degree.  There may not be a way to avoid the chafing that happens sitting on a bicycle seat, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but when prevention is just not possible, you need to have an effective way to address the problem when it happens.  You’ll find some of the best ‘magic cures’ I’ve found- HERE

Do you have a similar problem in your sport?  Have you found some good solutions? Let me know. Post your reply below on how to avoid getting a urinary tract infection.

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