Why Getting Hit in The Balls Hurt


This is definitely a question for the ages.

Which do you think hurts more?

Labour pain for one hour or being held by the balls for one hour?

It’s difficult to know for sure, but a graphic meme has been circulating for years claiming that a blow to the testicles is the clear winner, hands down: “A kick in the balls is above 9000 del (units) of pain which is similar to giving birth to 160 kids & breaking up to 3200 bones at a time.”

The earliest version of this claim we could find was posted to the website Joy Reactor on 30 March 2010. That posting included a different image and additional claims about having a baby:

This meme does little to shed any light on the battle of which experience is the most painful. First and foremost, there is no “del” unit of pain. Researchers at Cornell University proposed a measurement of pain called the “dol” in the 1940s, but this measurement was never widely used. The “del” can’t be explained away by a typo, either, as the dol scale only had a range between 0 and 10.5.

The logic is also nonsensical. The main reason the dol — and other measurements of pain — ever caught on is that pain is subjective and difficult to quantify by nature because everyone feels pain differently.

That being said, why does getting kicked in the balls hurt so much?

First of, the testes’ (balls) job is to produce sperm, and sperm are very fragile. The placement of the testicles is inconvenient, but absolutely necessary. They’re extremely sensitive to high and low temperatures, and must be kept away from the rest of the body and relatively exposed to maintain the right climate. They can handle human body temps for only one to four hours, or the average amount of time it takes them to travel through the female reproductive tract and fertilize an egg. Internal testes or any type of significant shielding for them would heat them up too much, too early and make them drop out of the race well before reaching the egg, rendering them useless.

The scrotum isn’t just a dumb sack swaying in the breeze, though. In deference to our genetic interests, our bodies subconsciously thermoregulate our balls by flexing the cremasteric muscle and drawing the scrotum up closer to the body when it gets too cold and dropping it when it’s hot. This optimized, on-the-fly sperm storage is precise enough that each testicle can be repositioned independent of its twin in order to get the temperature just right, explaining their sometimes asymmetrical dangle.

Genitals are densely packed with nerve endings. This small area contains a higher concentration of them than other parts of the body where nerves are more spread out.

This is why any type of touch can result in some major feels — good or bad — depending on the amount of pressure.

Not only do you have the nerves in that area specifically, but the nerve pain radiates to other parts of the body. Most notably, there’s usually pain in the stomach, and that can lead to nausea or even vomiting.

Unlike other organs that are protected by muscle and bone, the penis and testes; the testicles’ only protection is a layer of fibrous tissue called the tunica albuginea. While tough enough to handle some pressure, it can only handle so much.

According to a report on Mirror, a man was reported to have died in China after having his testicles squeezed during a dust up over a parking space.

An argument arose between the shopkeeper victim and a scooter rider which escalated to a “violent fist fight”. It is alleged that during the consequent scuffle that she lunged for the shopkeeper’s crotch, grabbed his testicles and squeezed until her collapsed on the ground.  The man is reported to have died in hospital.

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Dr. Irwin Goldstein of San Diego Sexual Medicine at California’s Alvarado Hospital is quoted by tntmagazine.com as saying that such an assault could trigger cardiac arrest.

He is reported to have said: “The testicles are exquisitely sensitive to touch and there is a huge release of adrenalin when there is excessive force applied to these organs.

“Testicular pain is referred to the lower abdomen, mesenteric plexus, and causes men to stop abruptly what they are doing, lie on the ground, close their eyes and bend their knees.

“A heart attack could certainly result from severe testicular pain from squeezing.”

Ladies, please stay away from the balls of men except he is a rapist. Then please grab it and squeeze until he passes out.



1. Why Does Getting Hit in the Testicles Hurt So Much? by Matt Soniak for Mental Floss
Click HERE to read.

2. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting Kicked in the Balls by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst for Healthline
Click HERE to read.

3. Why Getting Kicked In the Balls Hurts So Bad by Elizabeth Millard for Mens Health
Click HERE to read.

4. Man ‘dies after having testicles squeezed during fight over parking space’ by Rob Leigh for Mirror
Click HERE to read.

5. Is a Testicular Blow Exponentially More Painful Than Childbirth? by Dan Evon for Snopes
Click HERE to read.

6. Childbirth vs Getting Kicked in the Balls by Joshua Filmer for Futurism
Click HERE to read.


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