In the heat of the moment, an unfulfilled erectionmight seem like the end of the world. Your member begins to throb, you start to feel heavy and uneasy, and sometimes your balls literally start looking a little blue. But in reality, it’s not the end of the world and it’ll probably only last for a couple of minutes or hours. If you have blue balls for longer than that, then visit your doctor because your condition might be more serious than you think.
What are blue balls?
In medical terms, this condition is known as epididymal hypertension. When you get aroused, blood begins to flow into the penis and testicles. Normally, after ejaculation the blood flows back into the body. But, when an erection is not followed up by ejaculation, the excess blood that remains causes discomfort, pain, and changes the colour of your testes.
Relieving blue balls
Although there has been very little research done on this unusual phenomenon, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, urologist at Orlando Health, told Men’s Health that the best way to relieve yourself of this pain is by ejaculating. He said:
Anecdotally, the quickest way to recovery appears to be ejaculation.
Now, that doesn’t mean that sex is the only cure for blue balls. You’ve got your hands too, remember? If your wrist is tired of moving up and down, then invest in a handy sex ring to make masturbation hassle-free. Your blue balls will go away once you’ve released all of that sexual frustration. In case you don’t want to masturbate, Dr. Brahmbhatt also recommends putting an ice pack on your giant peas, avoiding erections (if you can), and exercising. But yes, the best remedy to relieve blue balls is masturbation.
So, if you find yourself dealing with testicular pain even after a number of self-stimulation sessions, it might be a sign that something is wrong. Dr. Brahmbhatt explained:
Regardless, these patients always get ruled out for more acute problems including epididymitis (infection or inflammation of the epididymal tubules), orchitis (infection or inflammation of the testicle), testicular torsion, referred pain from kidney stones, testicular cancer, or testicular trauma/injury.