Around puberty, it begins its stealthy lurk in the whispers of boys. Teenage girls giggle about it openly, but in secret wonder if it’s really real or just something boys make up to elicit pity when hot-and-heavy petting is shut down. While the alliterative name makes it sound like a made-up condition, it’s an honest-to-goodness issue that boys and men do suffer from – it’s the blue balls.

What is the Blue Balls Myth?

Okay, the blue balls myth is mostly true, exact coloring of testicles aside. It happens when a man is sexually aroused for a prolonged period without release. The technical term for blue balls is epididymal hypertension. The epididymis is the tube that delivers sperm from the testes to the vas deferens which helps it exit the body through the urethra which then leads to ejaculation. When the highly anticipated (and earnestly prayed for) release doesn’t come, it builds pressure in the area which causes an aching pain in the testicles. It’s unlikely that this pressure results in a blue coloring, but the pain is often likened to the brain one feels when the testicles are bruised (hence the blue reference).

Are Blue Balls Dangerous?

Contrary to the heartfelt confessions from males that they will die from the aching, blue balls are not a serious condition. However, if a man finds that he has excessive aching in the testicles for a substantial amount of time, continues to feel pain after sexual release, or if the pain pervades without sexual arousal, it’s time to see a doctor. This could be an inflammation of the epididymis, which is generally caused by an infection.

Treating Blue Balls

There are many ways to relieve the pressure from blue balls. Most times, men just let it subside on its own. Most men don’t really experience blue balls throughout life, but when they are younger; and rarely afterward unless they’ve had a sexual dry spell. Here are a few ways to DIY and fix the discomfort blue balls can cause:

1) Take the matter in hand… literally. There’s a famous song that says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” Self-pleasure is a great way to release pressure and ensure the area is treated delicately.

2) Exercise. Pull the blood flow from the penis and let it instead course through the body. Not only is it a great way to distract from the discomfort, but it also promotes whole body wellness and will help create stronger erections later for solo or partner play.

3) BM to cure the BB. It’s definitely not the first thought that comes to mind, but a bearing down for a bowel movement can relieve the pressure in the testicles by dilating other blood vessels in the body. Don’t forget the Squatty Potty to ensure proper pooping form.

4) Take a shower. Some prefer a cold shower to freeze sexual urges and pressure out of the area, while others prefer a warm shower to relax the blood vessels. Whatever the preference, take a nice leisurely shower until pressure decreases. While in there, thoroughly clean and rinse the penis. After drying, follow up with a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin). Creams such as these which contain vitamin C promote good blood flow and erectile function for when it’s time to get physical. A cream that also contains L-Carnitine will protect against nerve damage that can sometimes come as a result of compression. Add natural emollients like Shea butter and vitamin E, and the genitals will stay soft, supple, and ready for action when the time comes.

The Blue Ball Myth isn’t a serious condition and it goes away pretty quickly. If a man finds himself afflicted, he’s best served by taking matters into his own hands. Blue balls is never a reason to pressure a partner to be more intimate than they desire. Go Hans Solo, take a shower, or just walk it off and it’ll be gone in a jiff!