Have you ever heard of blue balls? Or still worse, experienced pain in balls or pain in testicles, to be precise? Well, this not a fictitious condition. It does happen to some men and is worth knowing about.

‘Blue balls’ is a condition characterized by increased blood flow to the male genitalia during sexual arousal which is not relieved by ejaculation or orgasm, medically termed as ‘epididymal hypertension’. It causes aching pain, pressure and heaviness down there.

What happens exactly?

When a male is sexually excited, the arteries to his genitals enlarge while the veins shrink. This means that more blood reaches the area through arteries while only a little of it is allowed to escape through veins. This increased blood flow builds up a pressure which results in an erection. Usually, when the male ejaculates on reaching an orgasm, the pressure and the blood flow subsequently return to normal.

However, if the aroused state is prolonged or there is a failure to reach an orgasm, the increased pressure can cause congestion of blood vessels leading to sensation of pain and heaviness in balls or testicles. Though the pain is mild or dull but the failure to perform may cause tremendous stress on the male.

Why ‘blue’?

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