Scientists Finally Have Explanation For ‘Blue Balls’ Phenomenon

Scientists have finally come up with an explanation for the 'blue balls' phenomenon.
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Scientists have finally come up with an explanation for the ‘blue balls’ phenomenon.

If you are unfamiliar with this term, this is a slang term for epididymal hypertension which refers to aching or painful manhood, as per Medical News Today.

However, over time it has been used when a man struggles to climax during an intimate moment with their partner (women can experience this too and it is known as ‘blue v**va’ according to WebMD).

Blue balls is also a phrase that is also thrown around if someone is s**ually frustrated.

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The phrase originated in the 1910s, as stated by slang lexicographer Jonathon Green.

Yet despite the term being around for over 100 years, there has only ever been one case report and one interview-based study in the scientific literature, according to a paper published in S**ual Magazine.

They believe that the lack of scientific literature has ‘created confusion’ around the phrase ‘despite common societal acceptance’ and this has led to some people questioning if it is real.

Although, they add that some people ‘believe that it is used as an excuse to coerce their partners to continue s**ual activity’.

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Despite the lack of studies surrounding blue balls, this hasn’t stopped scientists from coming up with their own answers as to what causes it.

One theory mentioned in the paper is that it is when there is a slow drainage of blood from the manhood.

It states: “Following org***, the veins quickly decompress, resulting in the emptying of blood from the g**itals.

“According to this theory, the slowed drainage of blood in the absence of e***ulation may result in prolonged congestion and lead to discomfort and pain.

“Proponents of this theory ascribe the term ‘blue balls’ to the phenomenon of deoxygenated blood appearing blue under the scrotal skin.”

Man staring at genitals
Scientists believe they have come up with an explanation for ‘blue balls’. Credit: Alamy

To test if this theory was true, the scientists recruited 2,621 individuals – 57 per cent with male g**itals and 43 per cent with female g**itals – and asked them questions about blue balls.

From their findings, they discovered that people with p**ises were much more likely to report believing that ‘blue balls’ was a real thing than people with v**inas.

People with manhoods were also much more likely to report experiencing pain in their areas (56 per cent vs 42 per cent).

They explained that they feel pain in the abdomen/stomach, t***icles, groin, v**ina, while also adding that they felt uncomfortable too.

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However, they also noted that the pain was mostly ‘mild’ with only a small number reporting severe pain.

When exploring what was the root cause of blue balls, the scientists noted that ‘prolonged f***play’ was one of the instigators.

They explain: “Prolonged foreplay or making out without penetrative intercourse was a reported cause of blue balls for those with a p**is but not for those with a v**ina.

“Causes uniquely endorsed by participants with a p**is included a lack of e***ulation and engagement in partnered s**ual activity (but not during solitary s**ual activity).

“Whereas those uniquely described by participants with a v**ina were lack of penetration and lack of v**var/v**val stimulation.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.