“I got kneed in the nuts… What’s my game plan?”
Adoption? Kidding aside, most low blows are harmless. When you’re whacked in the cojones, your body sends neurotransmitters to procure endorphins – natural pain relievers – while you writhe and wait for them to take hold. So, ice for a few minutes on and off, to ease pain (without freezing your balls off). Bruising or swelling? See a doctor. Blame evolution for this problem. Your testicles hang outside to stay cool (it’s better for sperm production). And your penis is usually flaccid as a defense mechanism, says Dr Tobias Kohler, a professor of urology at Southern Illinois University.