By 'cool' Sandi B.
Blue balls. Yet another phrase that I had
no idea what it meant until I started writing for renegade
. I mean I'd heard it before, around the locker room
and stuff. You know, guys telling stories about how they tried
to convince their girlfriends to have sex with them and making
fun of each other for not getting 'it' and having to suffer
blue balls. I just smiled and laughed along and didn't really
know what it was all about until now.
What are 'blue balls'?
Technically, blue balls is a term to describe
a condition called 'Vasocongestion', and despite popular belief,
both boys and girls can experience this condition.
So, what is this condition? Blue balls or vasocongestion,
is a result of an incredible pressure felt in the testes of
men and the vulva in woman.
What causes blue balls?
Vasocongestion (blue balls) are caused
by increased blood flow to the pelvic region (penis in men
and vulva in girls). When the blood pressure increases, blood
must flow through blood vessels that have become narrow. Think
of it as trying to force a fast flowing stream of water through
a skinny drinking straw - there's not a lot of space to work
with! This causes pressure to build up (visible in men in
the form of an erection and women, well, let's just say they
know how they feel). After a long period of time in this erect
or aroused state, it can become uncomfortable causing the
sensation called blue balls.
Myths about blue balls:
- Blue Balls cause intense pain.
The truth is, although blue balls can be
uncomfortable, they are not life threatening and the pain
doesn't even last all that long. Blue balls are not contagious
and unfortunately, you will experience some level of vasocongesion
EVERY time you are sexually aroused - from now until the end
of your sexual life.
- Your partner must be the one to relieve
Far from it - either relieve your condition
yourself with masturbation or simply wait it out. The blood
flow will eventually ease (usually within minutes) and the
pressure will relax. Bye, bye blue balls! Girls, never be
pressured into sex by a boyfriend who claims he is in agony
from blue balls.
- Girls have no idea what it's like.
Not true. Girls do experience a similar
sensation, there's just no gender specific slang for the term.
Vasocongestion in females comes in the form of pelvic and/or
vaginal pressure - very comparable to the sensation men experience.
Remember, on the upside, if you have blue
balls at least you know everything is working as it should
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