How To Deal With “Blue Balls” From Erectile Dysfunction

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How To Deal With “Blue Balls” From Erectile Dysfunction

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Blue balls – epididymal hypertension (EH) – is a condition that occurs when you’re sexually aroused for a long period of time, but struggle to reach climax. In this article I’ll cover 10 of the best ways to relieve the rather uncomfortable symptoms of blue balls, that usually occur as a result of erectile dysfunction.

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Last updated Last updated 1 September, 2022

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a growing phenomenon among men worldwide, and it’s affecting more than just relationships; it’s also impacting lives. But, how does ED impact another common male sexual misfire known colloquially as “blue balls”?

Here are 10 helpful tips on how to deal with “blue balls” resulting from erectile dysfunction:

  1. Try “getting it on” by yourself or with a willing partner.
  2. Do some heavy lifting to help ease the aching.
  3. Engage in exercise to relieve discomfort.
  4. Keep yourself distracted from your arousal.
  5. Relax your mind and body with meditation.
  6. Get a massage.
  7. Take a cold shower or get a cold compress.
  8. Try to use the bathroom.
  9. Submerge yourself in a warm bath.
  10. Take a load off and lay down.

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, also referred to as impotence, that essentially means that afflicted men can’t get or keep an erection firm enough for intercourse. If you’re struggling with impotence and blue balls, read on for some handy tips about how to help relieve that achy feeling below the belt.

Number 1 IconTry Getting It On by Yourself or With a Willing Partner

A penial erection involves neurons, smooth versus firm muscular systems, and tons of sensory information. Unfortunately, the male erection is still somewhat mysterious to medical personnel, and not much research exists on this condition.

However, we do know that after many studies, like this oneexternal link icon from the Journal of Clinical Urology, that erectile dysfunction seems to be most prevalent in men between the ages of 40 to 70 years old.

As for the “blue balls” condition, which is medically termed epididymal hypertension, there’s debate among researchers and professionals about the existence of this condition at all.

An erection occurs when a man is aroused; the blood rushes to his appendage and stiffens it in preparation for coitus. If nothing happens, i.e., ejaculation doesn’t occur after an erection, sometimes guys may feel discomfort in their scrotum, commonly called blue balls.

However, if you have erectile dysfunction, it could be difficult, or even impossible, to get an erection at all. Thus, there’s a lack of sufficient data and research on the topic of blue balls related to ED.

Yet, overwhelmingly, the number one tip for relieving blue balls is ejaculation. If you have ED, but you’re able to get it up long enough not to finish, you could have symptoms of epididymal hypertension.

If you want to try to alleviate uncomfortable feelings down under, try pushing out your load.

Masturbation can be effective at relieving blue balls for men with or without erectile dysfunction. So take your time, grab some lotion and Kleenex and do your business!

If you have a willing partner and you can maintain penial firmness, try having sex to completion. But remember, you need a “YES” before jumping into the sack with anyone. Consent should be freely and repeatedly given, or it’s not consent.

Social and cultural practices have repeatedly shown men using guilt to coerce partners into having intercourse. We see it all the time in older films and sitcoms. A guy gets aroused and blames the girl for giving him “blue balls” so that she’ll have sex with him.

Bottom line

Don’t try using your blue balls to get someone else into bed with you. It’s wrong and manipulative. To learn more about blue balls and their history, check out this articleexternal link icon from Men’s Health.

Letter 2 IconDo Some Heavy Lifting to Help Ease the Aching

The veins that carry blood to your genitals during an erection naturally restrict the blood there and create an erection. But, when you have blue balls, the blood can get stuck there.

So what’s up with the name of this “condition,” anyway? Does “blue balls” mean that your testicles will turn blue?

No, not all. Well, kind of, maybe.

When the excess blood from an erection remains in the testicles after ejaculation, it can cause some of the oxygen in your blood to be soaked up by the genital tissues. This, in turn, can make the blood have a blue-ish hue. So, your balls might turn a slight shade of bluish gray.

If you notice that your testicles are actually blue or purple in color, you need to be seen by a urologist! This discoloration could indicate something much more severe than blue balls.

So, what other symptoms can you expect with blue balls? Don’t worry, none of them last that long, but here’s a list:

  • Pain and discomfort in the scrotum or groin area
  • Achy testicles
  • A heavy sensation in or around your balls

If you’re combatting ED and have a bout of blue balls, it’s easy to feel like the sky is falling, but there’s hope.

If ejaculating through masturbation or intercourse isn’t possible for you due to ED, or other circumstances, you can also try weight lifting.

I know it seems weird, but there’s some backing to this tip. Medical News Today released this articleexternal link icon in 2021 stating that heavy lifting can help put pressure on other areas of your body, thereby relieving the tension in your testicles.

More myths about blue balls? Well, first of all, it’s not dangerous. Second, if you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction, you know that epididymal hypertension is nothing in comparison.

If you elect not to treat your blue balls, you’ll be fine within about 30 minutes, max, while erectile dysfunction can last for years.

Letter 3 IconEngage in Exercise to Relieve Discomfort

Have you considered hitting up the gym? Good, because tip #3 is all about physical exercise!

That’s right, if you can’t exert your passions in the sheets, try it on the treadmill. Some research suggests physical exercise will alleviate symptoms of blue balls.

When you exercise, your heart rate increases, and so does your body’s blood flow. Blood build-up is the cause of your discomfort if you have blue balls, so working out will help your body go back to normal blood flow.

Exercising should help regulate your body and return your scrotum to a peacefully hanging appendage.

Letter 4 IconKeep Yourself Distracted From Your Arousal

Okay, so, if ejaculation is out of the question and hitting the gym seems just as uncomfortable to you as your erectile dysfunction, you can potentially alleviate blue balls by distracting yourself.

Arousal has many psychological factors. An erection can arise after a stimulating sensation, feeling, sound, smell, visual, or auditory influence. Learn more about erections and ED in this articleexternal link icon from a collection of medical bodies.

So, if you’re not able to finish after arousal, try distracting yourself from all those psychological influencers driving your blood down south.

You can consider a problem at work, do a puzzle, read a book, or watch a movie – anything to take your mind off the bulge in your pants.

Letter 5 IconRelax Your Mind and Body With Meditation

Blue balls are temporary and aren’t anything to get worked up about; the best thing to do (well, second best from ejaculation) is to distract yourself until your blood flow returns to normal.

Sexual arousal signals the blood vessels in your body to rush blood to your genitals, causing them to expand, resulting in an erection. If you have erectile dysfunction, a hard-on is likely just what you’re looking for, but what if you aren’t able to do the deed? Yup, blue balls.

Another possibly effective method of alleviating blue balls is through meditation.

Again, psychology can trip us up! If you’re having a hard time distracting yourself from the pain in your testicles, relax your mind by trying some guided meditation.

Guided mediation is excellent because it’s easy to customize. Many apps, Amazon Prime videos, YouTube tutorials, and more help you with a simple or prolonged meditation tailored to your needs.

Try it out. Get comfortable, put in your noise-canceling headphones, and allow your mind to wander away from your aching testicles and drift to your happy place.

Letter 6 IconGet a Massage

Blue balls” is a slang term for epididymal hypertension, but there isn’t slang that captures the essence of pain felt when this condition is at full force!

When blood builds up from arousal, if you have erectile dysfunction, this should be the most exciting moment before the big finale. But, if something or someone gets in your way of following arousing sensations to completion, it can be not only disheartening but displeasing as well.

The next tip on our list for alleviating blue balls is getting a massage!

Now, when I say massage, I legitimately mean massage, so don’t let your mind wander into the gutter – remember those psychological influencers!

A professional massage can be a huge stress relief because it helps ease the muscles in your body. Lying down for a complete massage also allows your mind to free itself from constantly fretting about the pain you’re in and your problems.

If you’re not able to get a professional massage, ask your partner for a rub down, but remember, consent rules still apply!

Without an orgasm, you’ll have to get creative about how to relieve symptoms of epididymal hypertension. But, of course, you could always just wait out the symptoms, especially if you can’t find any willing masseuse in your area, because truth be told, blue balls really won’t last that long.

If you find that the uncomfortable and painful symptoms in your testicles don’t dissipate soon after a failed ejaculation or prolonged erection, it could be because of your erectile dysfunction treatment. If you’re taking medications for your ED, for example, prolonged blue balls’ symptoms could indicate a more severe issue.

Letter 7 IconTake a Cold Shower or Get a Cold Compress

Erectile dysfunction and epididymal hypertension limit the quality of life for many men. As a result, addressing these sexual dysfunctions is becoming more popular.

While some professionals doubt the existence or legitimacy of blue balls, it’s undeniable for many men who have experienced it first hand.

Sometimes, when you’re suffering from blue balls, the best thing to do is chill out!

Try taking a cold shower to alleviate the pain and discomfort in your testicles. If cold showers are too miserable for you, you can also try an ice pack or a cold compress and apply it to your groin area for a few minutes or until the pain subsides.

Remember, blue balls won’t last forever. Typically, it’s gone within ten to 20 minutes. Still, you can try to find some quick relief with a pack of frozen vegetables from your freezer if the experience is harrowing.

Some also recommend taking over-the-counter pain relief medications when you do a cold compress or shower to help quicken the relief. For example, ibuprofen or Tylenol can ease intense aches and pains.

Letter 8 IconTry To Use the Bathroom

Increased blood flow to the genitals during sexual arousal or sex typically stimulates the penis enough to produce an erection. If you have erectile dysfunction, though, getting and keeping an erection can be difficult.

Today, there are many resources for being able to get an erection. Most notably, several medications are reported to help you get a stiffy. But what happens if the meds work too well and you can’t get rid of an erection, or you’re not able to orgasm?

Sometimes, when all else fails, the best thing to do is to try and urinate. This can be difficult if you’re still hard, but it’s worth the effort if you’re experiencing acute aching.

If you’re able to pass pee, it could help relieve some of the pressure and sense of heaviness in your scrotum. As any man who’s ever tried to pee with an erection can tell you, doing this isn’t an easy task. However, if you can manage it, it should take care of your blue balls fairly quickly afterward.

Letter 9 IconSubmerge Yourself in a Warm Bath

According to statistics shared on Science Directexternal link icon, 52% of males aged between 40 and 70 have symptoms of varying severity of some sort of sexual dysfunction. This can be ED, blue balls, or other abnormalities related to sexual sensations, arousal, or behaviors.

For men to feel like they can lead an everyday and healthy life, sexual functionality is a must. But, unfortunately, while millions of men report symptoms of impotence, the numbers aren’t as precise on those suffering from blue balls.

However, ask most men (especially those that are a little older), and they’ll tell you that they’re familiar with the symptoms and discomfort of blue balls. Epididymal Hypertension can be gnarly even though it’s not the most severe condition among many sexual dysfunctions.

If ice treatments aren’t working for you, try the opposite and warm those balls up!

Sometimes heat has a way of alleviating pain better than ice. If you’re suffering from blue balls, try taking a warm bath and soaking for a while.

A nice long soak is great for relaxing and easing your muscles, so it could help relieve the ache you’re feeling.

If a warm bath doesn’t suit your fancy, you can also try a warm compress in the groin area to the same effect as an ice pack.

If you’re experiencing blue balls due to a prolonged erection due to erectile dysfunction medications, you should consult your doctor immediately, especially if home remedies aren’t relieving your pain.

Letter 10 IconTake a Load Off and Lay Down

Erectile dysfunction is a multifaceted condition – meaning there is no single cause of the condition or its symptoms – and it can impact any of the components of an erection. As a result, doctors have become well-versed in offering whole-patient treatments like lifestyle alterations, medications, and injections to intervene with ED symptoms.

Once the complicated issues associated with ED are rectified, it can make blue ball symptoms seem like a walk in the park!

Well, maybe not. Blue balls, while not nearly as severe or complex as ED, can still make men feel like they’re underperforming, in pain, and generally unwell.

When you’re unwell, sometimes rest is best. And blue balls can make you feel unwell, at least for a few minutes.

Try laying down flat on your back, either in bed or on the couch, wherever is comfortable and allows you to extend fully.

It’s important to lay down all the way when trying this method because you want to reestablish regular blood flow to your body. Lying down can help your body return to a state of normal blood flow and thus ease your uncomfortable symptoms.

The penis has historically been a symbol of male virility and sexuality. While ED isn’t fatal, its impact on life has made it a consistent source of intrigue for medical personnel and patients alike.

Letter K IconKey Takeaways

Erectile dysfunction is a severe medical condition that can have negative impacts on relationships and men’s health. There are several risk factors involved in developing this condition, but the good news is that there are medications available for quick relief.

If you have erectile dysfunction, getting and keeping an erection is a significant plus, but not when it ends in blue balls.

Remember, if you develop symptoms of blue balls, it’s not permanent nor as severe as erectile dysfunction.

Try the above tips to help alleviate the aches and pains of epididymal hypertension, and if  the symptoms (and your erection) doesn’t subside, seek professional medical help.

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