Apparently, being kicked in the balls hurts a-fucking-lot.
Anecdotal evidence, collected from one half of the population by their female counterparts, suggests that getting a bollocking in the ballsack feels a little like breaking a bone… Times a million.
Although we will never settle the debate as to whether a kick to the nuts is more painful than childbirth, due to shortcomings in each gender’s genitalia, I think we can agree mankind is not exaggerating when they say their balls are not to be kicked.
Scientists behind the Today I Found Out YouTube Channel have explained exactly why the pain is so severe and far-reaching when you’re kicked in the nuts, and why the pain spreads to the abdomen.
According to the video, your testes originally form in the abdomen near the stomach and the kidneys and the nerves and blood vessels remain attached to that reason even when your balls drop.
So – rue the day you have your nuts kicked because the pain will travel upwards into your body from each testicle into the abdominal cavity, via something called the spermatic plexus.
The pain can even travel as far as your spine.
And let’s not forget about the long-lasting damage trauma to testicles can do to a man’s reproductive abilities. The risk is so great that kicking a man in the balls, with malice, is actually deemed sexual assault.
So, when you’re tackling balls sports, play nice.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.