New Data Finds "Blue Balls" Are "Rare" and Used to Coerce
The ‘Sexual Medicine’ study unpacks the myth with an interesting discovery for vagina owners.
It all started with the question: “Are blue balls real or are they a blue-faced lie, and can people with vaginas get them too?” Asked by Wendy Zukerman and Blythe Terrell of podcast Science vs., the pair aimed to get to the bottom of blue balls and sex culture. Just a year later, a study launches providing all of the answers.
In the newly published Sexual Medicine study head psychologist Samantha Levang and team surveyed 2,621 people with penises and vaginas. Of the many surveyed, researchers found that “getting some kind of pain around the balls when you get aroused but don’t ejaculate is pretty common,” with about 56% agreeing.
However, according to the peer reviewed-study, “experiencing very painful blue balls is rare” with less than 7% of reporting it. Surprisingly, 42% of people with vaginas reported feeling symptoms of blue balls, as well. On the same note, “Significantly more individuals with a vagina than a penis reported being pressured into a sexual act due to a partner’s fear of experiencing pain without orgasm,” the report stated.
As a result, blue balls may not be a gendered phenomenon as sex culture has forced people to believe. Blue balls have been used as a tactic to coerce, or convince, women into pleasing their partners and providing them “relief.” Data confirms penis owners use this to their advantage, ”despite agreement that this phenomenon should not be used to coerce or manipulate partners into engaging sexually.”
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