Video: The Science of "Blue Balls" and "Blue Vulva"

Video: The Science of "Blue Balls" and "Blue Vulva"

The term "blue balls" is frequently used to describe "a dull, aching sensation that occurs during sexual arousal before or without ejaculation." You may or may not realize this, but the "blue" in blue balls actually has a dual meaning. First and most obvious is the fact that the testicles themselves actually appear to take on a bluish hue. However, this term also references the fact that blue balls is considered to be a sad experience because the implication is usually that one is aroused but cannot find sexual relief (i.e., it's often considered to be a state of sexual frustration). 

So what happens when someone gets blue balls anyway?

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10 Surprising Facts About Cheating And Infidelity

10 Surprising Facts About Cheating And Infidelity

Infidelity has long been a topic of interest to scientists who study sex and relationships. Over the years, they’ve uncovered a number of surprising things about who’s likely to cheat, why people do it, and the effects that it can have on us and on our relationships. Here’s a look at ten of the most interesting things scientists have discovered to date on the topic of cheating.

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Does The Size Of A Man’s Testicles Say Anything About His Parenting?

Does The Size Of A Man’s Testicles Say Anything About His Parenting?

A new study looking at the link between men’s testicular size and their parenting qualities has been making the rounds in the media lately, with provocative headlines ranging from “Choose Dads with Smaller ‘Nads” to “Dudes with Smaller Balls are Better Parents” to “Big Testicles Indicate Rubbish Dads.” The message is pretty clear: if you’re looking for a baby daddy who’s going to stick around and take care of your kids, look for the guy with the smallest testicles you can find. However, before you go and dig out the measuring tape, it's worth taking a closer look at the details of this study.

 
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Strange Sex: The Unusual Practice of Scrotal “Inflation”

Everyone knows that penis size is one of men’s biggest concerns and that some men will do almost anything to try and increase the length and girth of their member, from “natural male enhancement,” to vacuum pumps, to experimental surgeries and fat injections. However, what you may not know is that some men are more concerned about the size of their scrotum, which has resulted in a new and growing practice known as scrotal inflation (sometimes referred to as scrotal infusion). All I can say is don't try this at home, or anywhere else for that matter.
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Have Scientists Finally Discovered “The Pill” For Men?

A few months back, I posted an article about some promising new developments in birth control for men. These included the “testicular zap,” which involves performing a specialized ultrasound on the testicles, as well as RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance), which involves injecting a chemical compound into the vas deferens that impairs the “swimming” capability of sperm that pass through it. Despite the potential of these methods, the last thing most guys want to hear in any discussion about birth control is that their scrotums need to be zapped or sliced open, so a lot of my male readers probably weren’t too impressed with these scientific discoveries. However, you guys (and many of your lady friends as well) will be pleased to hear that scientists may have finally discovered a reversible male contraceptive that won’t require bringing sharp objects or sound waves anywhere near your genitals.
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Oddities in the History of Contraception: From Coca-Cola Douches to Beaver Testicle Tea

Oddities in the History of Contraception: From Coca-Cola Douches to Beaver Testicle Tea
I recently posted an article discussing how women tend to overestimate the effectiveness of condoms and birth control pills. Even though these contraceptive devices aren’t quite as effective as we might like, they’re certainly far better than what people used to have in the past. In this article, I’d like to take you on a brief tour of five of the most interesting, bizarre, and humorous methods of birth control that have ever been attempted. After reading this, I think you’ll come to have a greater appreciation for modern contraceptives!
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