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As a result of male and female genitals originating from similar structures, both sexes share analogous arteries and nerves in this region.
But women just need wider seats, right?
Wrong. Many recent female specific bicycle seat models have focused on the increased width of the sit bones in the female pelvis. However, it is not true that all women have a greater distance between their sit bones. The actual difference between the sexes occurs at the infrapubic angle. A female’s infrapubic angle is larger by approximately 30 degrees. This results in a wider separation between the sit bones and thus a larger pelvic opening for childbirth. The actual distance between the sit bones, however, can vary significantly among individuals. The width between the sit bones is not directly related to a person’s height or stature, and shorter individuals can often have a broader pelvis. Additionally, since the overall size of any given female pelvis may be smaller than a male’s pelvis, many women with proportionally smaller pelvises may find that their sit bones can be well supported on a seat that is usually marketed towards men.