Blue Balls Information, Urology Graphic, I Heart Guts
Blue balls, or epididymal hypertension, has been described as scrotal pain that occurs after high, sustained sexual arousal unrelieved because of lack of orgasm and ejaculation. Although little to no research has been done on this topic, it is believed that poor venous outflow creates a sort of low intensity, transient compartment syndrome within the vessels feeding the epididymis.
Myth #1: Blue balls are dangerous. This is not true. Although blue balls can feel distressing, it’s a fairly common, innocuous condition that’s easily resolved by having an orgasm.
Myth #2: Blue balls always look blue. Any blueish hue that results from blue balls is usually subtle and may not happen at all.
Myth #3: It just happens to men. Nope. Though this phenomenon hasn’t been described by researchers, it appears that women can get “blue vulva” from sexual frustration as well — during sexual arousal, increased blood flow makes the vulva and clitoris swell slightly. When the blood is “trapped” too long by extended arousal without sexual release, discomfort or pain could result
Treatment: well.. orgasm.
menstrual-cycle-iheartgutsMenstrual cycles can be baffling, and that's why I really wanted to make this special poster explaining this special time of the month, mostly so I can justify to my poor husband exactly why I am feeling totally insane. "It's not me, honey, it's the progesterone spiking," or, "Can you understand now why I'm being a total bee-yatch? I've got at least five different hormones coursing through my body right now. I'm on drugs." Marvel at the leuteinizing hormone! Be amazed as the estrogen takes a nosedive right before ovulation! Check out the egg as it takes its long journey through your reproductive system! Anyway, check it out and give me feedback -- calling all OB/GYNs! Editors! Anatomy nuts! Sex educators! -- before I send this thing to the printer. I know it's a little crazy-looking, design-wise, but then again, so's the menstrual cycle.