What are Blue Balls?

Blue Balls, to begin with, is not a very serious situation. The pains that accompany this condition sometimes can be very embarrassing. However, not to worry, the pain is not in any way permanent. You can get over it in no time.

Still wondering what this is all about?

Carefully read through, and you’ll come to a full understanding of “what blue balls” are and what to do when you experience them.


Blue balls 

The term “Blue Balls” is just a euphemism that has gained much more popularity than the actual name.

In the medical field, it is called epididymal hypertension (EH). It is a kind of pain and aches felt in the testicles when an erection occurs but without orgasm.

The term “blue balls” most probably originated or came to play from the coloration observed when epididymal hypertension (EH) happens or occurs to anyone. Whenever you experience EH, it is mainly followed or accompanied by an observable coloration (bluish hue) in the testicles.

The term “Blue balls” is used as a figure of speech to indicate frustration so often that it has an abstract, almost mythical status. Nonetheless, blue balls are a very real medical condition. You might not be a believer until you experience it, then you’d probably know how real it can be. (5)

As far as why the color “blue” is in the name, Dr. Kashanian says, “The color blue seems to have originated from an idea that the scrotum may appear to have a bluish tinge after a prolonged period of sexual arousal. Although this has never been substantiated in medical works of literature. The term could just as easily represent the testes feeling bruised or ‘black and blue (1).


Causes of EH

When arousal is experienced, usually by anyone who possesses male genitals (males to be precise), blood tends to flow in more significant quantities to the testicles and penis. As such,  the blood vessels automatically expand to allow for the free flow of blood.

After some time, the blood that has already flown to the penis and testicles makes the penis rise, get bigger, and more robust. As the penis expands and becomes stiff, so do the testicles too. The testicles do not stiffen but rather increase in size only and weight. Thus becoming heavier.

When one hits orgasm, and there is a decrease in the arousal level, the already accumulated blood will then be released. By implication, the more time it takes for a reduction of the arousal level, the longer the accumulated blood stays in your genitals.

When the accumulated blood stays in there over some time, and there’s no orgasm and consequently no release of the accumulated blood, it turns into pains that can be discomforting. Furthermore, due to excess blood and an increase in blood pressure, the testicles may begin to turn blue, though not physically. Hence, the term Blue Balls.

A urologist at Orlando Health, Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D explained thus “The condition is caused by excess blood remaining in the testicles from a wave of erections not followed by ejaculation,” in addition to this he went further say that “During arousal blood starts to flow into the penis (ie: erection), testicles, and surrounding areas. When a man achieves orgasm/ejaculation the blood returns back to the body” (2).


Signs and symptoms

It is vital that you get to know the symptoms attributed to EH. When you notice these signs, then you’ll know what you’re up against:

  • Pains down below
  • Aching (may be severe or not)
  • Total discomfort
  • Heavy testicles
  • Bluish coloration of the scrotum


Is EH really dangerous?

It’s pretty normal and cool to feel unsafe or probably worried after reading up to this point. Why wouldn’t you feel worried when all we have been talking about is literally pains in your manhood. 

But then, I’m glad to give you a reason to sigh in relief, knowing that the pains and aches are all very temporary and not dangerous. Believe me, it’s fine!

Studies and experiences have confirmed that EH is actually not dangerous at all. Although it causes pains and some possible aching in the testicles, it really is not a danger to the body. 

It only happens when the accumulated blood stays in there over a while. The whole pain and aches leave and go away once the accumulated blood flows out of the testicles and the blood pressure becomes normal.

“Neither blue balls nor pink pelvis (the female-bodied equivalent) is dangerous or bad for you,” says Gigi Engle, ACS, a certified sexologist. (2)

There are no known side effects of EH.


Do you need to see a doctor?

To be honest, you don’t need to visit the doctor when you experience EH. It’s just a situation that comes and goes. It’ll definitely pass away in a little while. There’s no need for any form of unnecessary exaggerations, but rather keep your mind calm and at rest and view this as a normal situation that can be experienced by anyone else.


How to relieve the pain

So far, no extensive research has yet been carried out by researchers and doctors alike for possible treatments of EH. Hence, no specific vaccine or medicine has been discovered or attributed to the treatment of EH.

Notwithstanding, there are a few things an individual can do to help the situation. To quickly get relieved of the pains and aches in the testicles as well as the erection of the penis, there are some activities that you can engage in that really work. It might sound like magic, but trust me, it’s a given!

  • Experience Orgasm
  • Keep yourself busy with work
  • Engage in workouts or exercises
  • Engage your cerebrum in non-sexual activities
  • A cold bath could be great to regulate blood flow
  • Lying still-for easy blood flow away from the testicles


In summary…

Generally, “blue balls” are not a thing to be afraid of. When it occurs, it’ll go away in a short while. It’s not a severe medical condition.

But if you experience severe pain in the testicles for a long time, it is then advised that you visit your doctor. 

A long-lasting, severe pain, as opposed to regular “Blue Balls” pain, might be a severe medical condition. 

If pain persists for a long time, you should probably consult your healthcare provider or urologist as the case may 





2. https://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/a19534594/science-blue-balls/

3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324870#other-causes

4. https://www.healthline.com/health/orgasmic-dysfunction

5. https://www.getroman.com/health-guide/are-blue-balls-real/