Folks complain about severe pain in the testicles after erection and are haunted by the specter of possible impotence in future. Here we shall find out if they have reason to fear this…
The infamous testicular pain that occurs when a man is sexually aroused but not relieved by ejaculation is what is effectively described by the slang term “blue balls”. This occurs in another form in women, more often than in men.
During sexual arousal, arteries deliver blood to the genitals and the veins around the genitals constrict, leading to a turgid, erect penis and an increase in the size of the testicles by about 20%. In women, the labia, vagina and clitoris become engorged with blood and lubricated while the breasts and nipples enlarge and heighten in sensitivity. This entrapment of blood in the genital area is known medically as vasocongestion.
The most likely follow-up of this are sexual intercourse and orgasm, where there is ejaculation in men, and in women, a rhythmic wave of contractions in the uterus and pelvic muscles which is sometimes followed by ejaculation of a clear fluid. Blood is drained from the genitals after orgasm and they return to their normal, flaccid state.
In the absence of orgasm, it takes a much longer time for the blood to get drained from the genitals. This is the cause of severe pain in the testicles which take on a bluish colour due to limited supply of oxygen. The bluish coloration of the testicles is responsible for the vernacular term “blue balls”. In the female version of this, the vagina, vulva and clitoris become painfully tender and remain lubricated and sometimes become darkened in colour. The uncomfortable sensation of pain wears away after some time as the condition is only temporal.
The term “blue balls” leads people to think that it only occurs in men when women have a fair share of this unpleasant experience. Relief from “blue balls” is commonly attained through sexual intercourse.
This however, does not negate the greater inconveniences that may come after extramarital sex, worst of them all being the dreadful HIV/AIDS.