Does Blue Balls Mean?
Do Testicles Turn Blue?
guys and girls wonder what the term "Blue Balls" means.
I first heard of it when I was a teen too, but didn't know what
it meant until someone told me (it was probably a guy).
To the male
readers: You may have noticed a distinct bluish tinge to your testicles
after you make out or are sexually aroused for several
hours -- and the deep, uncomfortable ache that goes along with it.
This is the result of pelvic congestion, when more blood and lymph
flows into the genitals (during sexual arousal) than flows out;
and, when it remains in the genitals for an extended period of time,
then it CAN cause discomfort and aching. If there is no release,
the area remains engorged. Without any outflow, men may feel slight
discomfort in the testes, which are very sensitive to these kinds
of changes. Some guys do not actually 'turn blue', but feel the
discomfort and ache.
not your testicles that are blue; it's the skin of the scrotum.
When you're aroused blood flows not only to the penis, but to the
entire area. The longer you stay aroused, the longer the blood stays
there. Newer blood is red, but older blood, which has less oxygen,
is darker red, but not really blue -- but that's why your testicles
appear to contain more blue blood. There is fresh blood in there
also, do not fear. Orgasm does alleviate blue balls. If there is
no orgasm, however, the erection, blood flow and aches will subside.
By the way,
"blue balls" sometimes have been used as a way for males
to pressure females into having sex, or into getting them off. Now
ladies, don't feel pressured into this old scam, you can refuse
AND boys can always masturbate (with or without you). You should
never be pressured into having sex! Never, never, never!!! End
of that lecture.
It's not harmful
to get blue balls, so don't run to the emergency room. If the condition
lasts for hours or days after you've stopped being sexually aroused,
then see a health care professional.
Maybe the "take
a cold shower" advice that fathers or other guys have given
to males over the years may help the situation. Just a guess. The
cool water of the shower would stimulate new warm blood to the scrotum.
Try it and let us know. Or ask some guy friends if that works for
them. Oh, it's worth mentioning that guys don't get "blue balls"
every time they get aroused and do not ejaculate. If you don't get
this "condition" that is okay too. Over time you'll know
your own body better.