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Blue balls
Other namesEpididymal hypertension

Blue balls is slang[1] for the condition of temporary fluid congestion (vasocongestion) in the testicles accompanied by testicular pain,[2] caused by prolonged sexual arousal in the human male without ejaculation.[3] The term is thought to have originated in the United States, first appearing in 1916.[4] Some urologists call this condition "epididymal hypertension". The condition is not experienced by all males.[5]


The condition is sometimes associated with certain demographics, such as men who are experiencing delayed ejaculation or inhibited ejaculation.[6]

Although the condition has been widely discussed, there is scant information in the research literature.[7] A brief article by Chalett and Nerenberg in Pediatrics agrees that little formal data exists regarding the condition. The article concludes that "[t]he treatment is sexual release, or perhaps straining to move a very heavy object—in essence doing a Valsalva maneuver."[8]

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  1. ^ Fergusson, Rosalind; Eric Partridge; Paul Beale (December 1993). Shorter Slang Dictionary. Routledge. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-415-08866-4.
  2. ^ Yazmajian, Richard V. (1967). "The Influence of Testicular Sensory Stimuli on the Dream". Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 15 (1): 83–98. doi:10.1177/000306516701500103. PMID 6032147.
  3. ^ Glenn, Jules (1969). "Testicular and Scrotal Masturbation". International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. 50 (3): 353–362. PMID 5387383.
  4. ^ Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (December 2007). Sex Slang. Routledge. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-415-37180-3.
  5. ^ Rockney, Randy; Alario, Anthony J.; Weinzimer, S. A.; Thornton;, P. S.; Chalett, J. M.; Nerenberg, L. T. (November 2001). "Blue Balls. To the Editor". Pediatrics. 108 (5): 1233–1234. doi:10.1542/peds.108.5.1233. PMID 11694711.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ Perelman, Michael A. (2001). "Integrating Sildenafil and Sex Therapy: Unconsummated Marriage Secondary to Erectile Dysfunction and Retarded Ejaculation". Journal of Sex Education and Therapy. 26 (1): 13–21. doi:10.1080/01614576.2001.11074377.
  7. ^ Komisaruk, Barry R.; Beverly Whipple; Sara Nasserzadeh; Carlos Beyer-Flores (November 2009). The Orgasm Answer Guide. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-8018-9396-4.
  8. ^ Chalett, J.M.; Nerenberg, L.T. (2000). "'Blue Balls': A Diagnostic Consideration in Testiculoscrotal Pain in Young Adults: A Case Report and Discussion". Pediatrics. 106 (4): 843. doi:10.1542/peds.106.4.843. PMID 11015532.

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