You've probably heard of "blue balls," the slang term sometimes employed to describe a man's overexaggerated pain or discomfort when sex is halted just before orgasm. In hookup culture, the term is most commonly used as a euphemism to explain general sexual frustration after a less than satisfying rendezvous. And in more sinister scenarios, the threat of blue balls is even used to guilt unenthusiastic partners into continuing an unwanted sexual experience.

But have you heard of "blue vulva"?

Despite the alarming proposition of "blue" genitalia, blue vulva (like blue balls) is not a real medical condition, it's merely an uncomfortable sensation some people experience during arousal—and it doesn't actually cause any real physiological damage or pain. But while a failed attempt at reaching orgasm might leave you feeling blue, don't expect your genitals to actually take on a severe Violet Beauregarde-esque hue.

During arousal, the arteries in the vulva widen and blood rushes to the area in preparation for sex, which results in increased lubrication and