You've probably heard of "blue balls," the slang term sometimes employed to describe a man's overexaggerated pain or discomfort when sexual intercourse 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"?

What is a 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 sexual arousal—and it doesn't actually cause any real physiological damage or pain. You might hear the more fancy term "vulvar varicosity" which is essentially the same thing! 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.

Women who experience blue vulva may experience the following signs and