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Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder: What Is It?

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According to the Medical Center for Female Sexuality, persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), also known as persistent sexual arousal syndrome, is a condition occurring in some women where they have a constant feeling of being sexually aroused and are unable to release it.

ABC News reported sufferers are constantly on the edge of orgasm regardless of time, place or circumstance. While this may sound desirable or funny, it’s actually a nightmarish reality where a woman's body acts independently of her own desires.

Dr. Irwin Goldstein, head of the Sexual Health Program at San Diego’s Alvarado Hospital told ABC News, "it's spontaneous, intrusive, and unwanted genital arousal — consisting of throbbing, pulsing or tingling without the person's sexual interest or desire."

The condition gained notoriety when it was featured on "Grey’s Anatomy."

Psychology Today said, with PGAD, a woman's genitals are physically aroused for hours, days, weeks or longer.

Symptoms, said MSNBC, involve a feeling of "fullness" — a constant engorgement — of the genitals. Yet, said the Medical Center for Female Sexuality, this unwanted genital arousal is unrelated to any erotic thoughts or any feelings of sexual interest or desire.

BermanSexualHealth.com said arousal doesn’t go away with orgasm and may require multiple orgasms over hours or days to remit. For many sufferers, that could mean hours of masturbation and no relief. Fox News added, Dr. Sandra Leiblum, a sex therapist, said in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, sexual activities intended to relieve the symptoms can reinforce the sensations or provide only temporary relief.

The Medical Center for Female Sexuality said PGAD can be terribly debilitating and is often accompanied by depression or feelings of distress.

Dr. Goldstein told ABC News, he thinks thousands of women may suffer from PGAD, but the actual number is unknown because so few seek medical help and most doctors don’t know about it.

BermanSexualHealth.com said women who complain of persistent genital arousal disorder may be young or old, premenopausal or using postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, married or single.

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I have PGAD and I know what causes this disorder....not that anyone will believe me as there is nothing to prove my theory.
I would love to chat with anyone who has this disorder. Maybe we compare notes and figure out this craziness together!

December 5, 2015 - 9:47am

I suffer from this condition and it has been a going on problem for me. i have found the need to masturbate all day quite bothersome. I have used pillows ot help but it just gets worse.

August 6, 2012 - 9:45am
(reply to sexy45)

Hello Sexy45, I see your post is from years ago. How are you and have you found any relief from PGAD?

December 5, 2015 - 9:50am
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