Blue Balls (in Men), medically termed as “Epididymal Hypertension”, is a condition when the testicles turn blue-ish when a man has an erection, typically prolonged without an orgasm. This results in pain and aching in the testicles and in the groin area. Though this is not a serious condition, many times treatment is as simple as masturbation to release the blood that flowed into the genitals.
Symptoms of Blue Balls Condition:
- Pain & Discomfort in Groin area
- Heaviness due to accumulation of blood in scrotum
- Blue-ish hue in the testicle area.
Why does Epididymal Hypertension occur?
When men are aroused, the blood vessels in penis and testicles expand to allow greater volume of blood to flow into them. This results in penis to expand and stiffen leading to an erection. This also increases the size of scrotum and they feel heavier.
Once orgasm is reached, the blood is released back into the body and erection is lost. In cases when too much blood stays back in the genitals or when there is no orgasm reached for too long, this causes pain and discomfort in the groin area. The excess blood increases the blood pressure in the scrotum and may cause it to turn blue. A man may be likely to develop EH when he is easily stimulated but has a delay in achieving orgasm.
Other reasons that can cause pain in testicles:
Discomfort and pain in the testicular area when aroused will be mostly due to the Blue Balls condition. But regular pain in testicles may indicate many other problems including:
- Diabetic Neuropathy in the groin area
- Epididymitis – inflammation of testicles
- Infection accompanied by inflammation
- Kidney Stones
- Testicular Cancer
- Tight Pants
- Testicular Torsion – rapid rubbing, twisting of testicles causing pain and swelling.
Should you see a sexologist when you have Epididymal Hypertension?
Typically you don’t need to see a sexologist or a sex specialist for EH. If the pain is severe and stopping you from having comfortable sex, then you must see your sexologist or urologist or a sexual therapist. If you experience severe, persistent testicular pain but not associated with sexual activity or arousal, see your sexologist immediately.