Blue Balls

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Science & Humans

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Maria Jacob

Last updated

Friday, September 25, 2020

Hi guys this is Dr. Larson here again. I’m going to talk to you about some of the issues that arise in practice and today’s is a very common one called blue balls that a lot of men out there have experience. The official diagnosis or terms we use in practices Epididymal Hypertension. What this arises from is, when there is either delayed ejaculation due having a long time or a prolonged arousal without a release.

The epididymis is an organ found in the testicle which produces and stores sperm. Testicular torsion occurs when something restricts blood circulation to the epididymis, causing sudden and severe pain. Testicular Torsion (TT) is a medical condition which is becoming increasingly more commonly diagnosed in young males. TT and its treatment can have a serious impact upon the health of affected sufferers.

Testicular torsion is a common cause of scrotal pain in the neonatal, pediatric and adolescent age groups. Testicular torsion is an acute emergency that needs to be corrected before it leads to death or irreversible infertility. Testicular torsion may occasionally involve redness or bluish discoloration of the skin, but often in infants, there are no signs of skin changes or discoloration.

There gets some Vaso-congestion around the testicles. This is a pooling of blood and testicles. This is where the name actually comes from blue balls. The Testicles can actually take on a blue color due to the vaso-congestion itself. The treatment for this condition is actually release!

That would usually solve the pain. Another option for some people if they're really suffering is they can do what’s called a valsalva maneuver, you try to lift something heavy and that can help reduce the blood pressure in the testicles and cause the pain to go away.

This is actually not a uniquely male problem. It can also happen to females with the same situation, prolonged arousal can lead to vaso-congestion of the vulva area and cause discomfort in them as well. You can learn more about Blue Balls from our Science&Humans FAQs section.

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