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Why does it hurt so much when guys get kicked in the balls? Similarly, why don't women keel over when they get punched in the ovaries?

Asked by jcs007 (1770points) October 4th, 2008
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La_chica_gomela's avatar

Haha, “punched in the ovaries”. Ovaries are INSIDE the body. A woman can’t be punched in the ovaries.

To see this illustrated, you can go to this link and scroll down quite a bit.

krose1223's avatar

Because men are babies and women are like spartans. :)

jlm11f's avatar

Lots of nerve endings in the balls, thus very painful. And chica covered the ovary part.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I’m gonna punch you in the ovary, that’s what I’m gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the babymaker.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Also you can think of the evolutionary reasons why there would be lots of nerve endings in the balls.
When a man’s balls are injured it is possibly that his sperm count would go down, so he would produce fewer offspring. The more protective a man is of his balls (because of the more pain being hit would put him in), the more children he’s likely to have, and his sons would have this same trait.

That came out kind of convoluted. Does it make sense?

Bri_L's avatar

@ krose1223 – excellent! lurve for you!

I have no idea why but dear god it hurts.

krose1223's avatar

@bri. Thanks. I was only trying to think logically.

Amish_Ninja's avatar

@La chica: So the ball pain men go through is to avoid going around naked and getting them caught in bushes and stuff?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Sure, that’s certainly one way to put it

queenzboulevard's avatar

Why does it hurt so much when you get stabbed in the chest? Why does it hurt so much when you jump from 20 feet in the air? Why does it hurt when someone shoots you in the arm?

loser's avatar

The ovaries are inside and so they are protected. Breasts, however, are not. I’ve witnesses a woman keeling over in much the same way from having a blow to their breast.

MissAnthrope's avatar

What I’ve learned from taking karate is that a groin shot to a woman is very effective. Indeed, it’s more painful for men, but seriously, kicking a woman in the groin is painful and disabling.

eatmunky's avatar

I had a boar ram me in the balls once. They headed for higher ground, I couldn’t breathe for like 15 minutes.

Bri_L's avatar

My brother once cheap shotted me from behind right in the balls. We were fricken 16 and he cheap shots me. I didn’t even know he was mad at me, or home for that matter. I was walking to leave for work. I dropped to the ground, all the wind out of me. Got up after a few seconds gasping for breath. He locked himself in the upstairs bathroom because he know I had to go to work. I was in serious pain.

thatswhatshesaid's avatar

There’s a hell of a lot of cushion between a fist and the ovaries :).
Lots of fat.
The testes have a thin layer of skin.
Also, they’re external; hopefully everyone’s ovaries are INSIDE their body.

coleopter's avatar

I learned in histology that the outer testicular capsule has more pain receptors than any other mammalian tissue. Which would make evolutionary sense in terms of protecting the “family inheritance.” What is less obvious is, if they are so important, why do we have to carry them around outside the body? The textbook answer is to maintain them at the optimal temperature for spermatogenesis. However, this isn’t entirely satisfactory. For one thing, some mammals, e.g., elephants and whales, and some southern hemisphere species, don’t have scrotal testes. And birds have internal testes despite having a higher body temperature than we do. Furthermore, there are other stem cell populations, e.g. in bone marrow and stomach lining, that function perfectly well inside the body. So if sperm cells do best at slightly below body temperature it is probably because that is the environment they evolved in. So why? A clue comes from the fact that those few species that don’t have scrota have very little sexual dimorphism. Forget whales; they’re an exception to every rule, but male and female elephants have almost the same average size. In addition, scrotal males tend to do lots of fighting. So perhaps extracorporal testes evolved as a way for females to ward off unwanted advances. Also, if the male is expected to play a providential role and protect the brood, it would be ideal for the female if he were bigger and stronger than she. However, extracorporal (and pain-sensitive) testicles give her a means of bringing him to heel should she turn on him, or of sending a strong signal should the need arise.

coleopter's avatar

Correction: last sentence should read, “However, extracorporal (and pain-sensitive) testicles give her a means of bringing him to heel should he ever turn on her, or of sending a strong message should the need arise.”


It hurts a lot because there’s hardly any protection there. When a guy kicked me in the balls during a fight not too long ago, it hurt for almost 3 days straight. And even after that, my balls still didn’t feel “right” for a couple of weeks! :(

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