Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Causes Pain in the Abdomen

Daven Hiskey 20
kicked in the ballsToday I found out why getting kicked in the balls hurts in the abdomen, not just the region that was actually impacted.

Testes originally form in the abdomen near the stomach and kidneys.  The  nerves and blood vessels remain attached in that region, even after the balls drop. So when a guy gets kicked in the balls or otherwise has his nuts squished, the pain involved travels up from each testicle into the abdominal cavity, via the spermatic plexus, which is the primary nerve of each testicle, and then to the spine.

In addition to the pain in the stomach area, many men also experience severe nausea.  This is thought to be caused by a huge rush of sympathetic nervous system discharge.   So the body’s tolerance level for that rush determines whether that person will be someone susceptible to actually vomiting when kicked in the nuts.

So bottom line, getting kicked in the balls = severe pain in testicles + severe abdominal pain + quite a bit of nausea and possible vomiting. Good times.

Bonus Facts:

  • The testes of the Right whale are the largest of any animal, each weighing around 500 kg (1,100 lb).
  • Getting kicked or hit in the balls can actual damage a man’s reproductive abilities.  Further, if the force is severe enough, possibly requiring removal the testicle(s) itself.  This, in turn, can cause other significant medical problems, especially if both need removed.
  • In many places of the world, it is actually considered sexual assault to kick a man in the testicles intentionally in non-self defense situations, due to the above potential medical problems that can result in such an act.

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20 Comments »

  1. Colin October 28, 2010 at 4:00 am - Reply

    This hurt my abdomen just reading it (sympathy pain).

  2. ukgirl June 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    i’m soooo glad i’m a girl! LOL!

  3. Rebecca October 22, 2011 at 12:19 am - Reply

    My friends 6 year old son got kicked in the balls by a girl at school. She did it so hard that they have ascended back up. Is this normal, will they come down on their own or should they seek medical help? i am a female so i dont know too much on the matter.

  4. Steven Barbier November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    GET HELP THEY MAY HAVE TO BE REMOVED I”M NOT KIDDING

  5. H.R. Pufnstuf January 26, 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I could save a lot of guys the heartache and pain by simply offering my castration services, free of charge :-P

  6. Josh April 16, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

    H.R. Pufnstuf, you’re the reason men hate women (for all the wrong reasons. Gonads are our source of integrity and valor, do NOT think it is ever funny getting the nads removed.

  7. Jaeger November 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    “In many places of the world, it is actually considered sexual assault to kick a man in the testicles ”

    This should be international law, if I punch a women in the vagina im sure I’ll go to jail and be forced to register as a sex offender.

    @UKGIRL, i’ll take sensetive testicals over a monthly menstrual cycle any day.

  8. random November 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    @Jaeger
    Seconded.
    Also no childbirth.

  9. Jim February 9, 2014 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Woman Kills Man By Squeezing His Testicles – http://gizmodo.com/5905648/woman-kills-man-squeezing-his-testicles

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