Blueballs: Fact or Fiction

This is point upon which I have often pondered but now there is a publication In The Journal of Sexual Medicine so it is a perfect time to write about it.

Blueballs – the infamous menace of the male anatomy that’s been the subject of countless jokes, misunderstandings, and maybe even a few tall tales. But what’s the deal with this elusive condition? Is it just a teenagers excuse to get his object of desire to ‘put out”, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

First off, what exactly is blueballs? Well, according to popular belief, it’s that uncomfortable sensation a guy gets downstairs when he’s all revved up with no place to go – you know, like being stuck in traffic with a full bladder. But is there any truth to this phenomenon, or is it just a case of wishful thinking gone awry?

In their quest for answers, researchers Chalett and Nerenberg took a stab at cracking the case back in 2000. Armed with the power of science and a healthy dose of curiosity, they scoured the literature for clues, only to come up empty-handed.

But fear not, dear reader, for the plot thickens. Enter the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, who boldly proclaimed the existence of “epididymal hypertension” – a fancy term for the alleged buildup of blood in the nether regions during moments of, ahem, heightened arousal. Sounds legit, right? Well, not so fast.

Despite the Society’s valiant efforts to lend some credibility to the plight of blueballs, their explanation was met with skepticism from the scientific community. Turns out, the evidence for this so-called condition is about as solid as a Jell-O mold on a hot summer day – wobbly at best.

for some folks to turn it into a not-so-funny punchline. Cue the sleazy characters who use the threat of blueballs as a shameless ploy to coerce their partners into, shall we say, less-than-consensual activities.

So, what’s the moral of this tale?

In the end, whether you believe in the myth of blueballs or not, one thing’s for sure – it’s given us plenty to laugh about. So, the next time someone tries to sell you on the idea of blueballs, just smile, nod, and tell them that there is an easy way to deal with the issue – have solo sex! Or if you are in the mood lend a helping hand. But most importantly NEVER be coerced into anything you don’t want to do unless it is housework for your partner, mum, dad, sick friend.

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James M.Jones, MD1 – Kyle Cedermark, MD2  – David Barham, MD3 – Martin S.Gross, MD4,*

1 Department of Urology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

2 Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 55454, United States

3 Department of Urology, University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA, 92660, United States

4 Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 03766, United States

*Corresponding author: Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Dr, Lebanon, NH, 03766, United States.