PGAD persistent genital arousal disorder

Everyone’s fantasy beyond dreams might be another’s nightmare. For all those seeking greater sexual powers through use of Viagra and other sexual stimulants, there are those who wish they would just disappear. PGAD or persistent genital arousal disorder is a recognized medical disorder ” characterized by unrelenting, spontaneous and uncontainable genital arousal in females.”

As there are few complaints about hypersexuality, patients are known to suffer greatly. The causes of PGAD are fundamentally unknown and generally perceived to have little or nothing to do with sexual desire. There are few recorded associations in psychology. Sexual health physicians and researchers may believe this condition may be due to sensitive nerves and the neurotransmitters they ignite in the brain.

In a relatively small study, 18 PGAD women were given MRI exams of the pelvic and lower spine regions. Drs. Komisaruk and Lee found that 12 of the 18 women, or 66.7%, had Tarlov cysts in the S2 or S3 sacral spinal area. Presence of Tarlov cysts may result in clitoral tingling, irritation, vaginal congestion, vaginal contractions, throbbing,
pressure, pain, and in some cases, spontaneous orgasms. They may also be factored with ” bladder dysfunction, urinary incontinence, micturition disorders, bowel incontinence, radicular pain (neuralgia), loss of sensibility, and muscle weakness.

Tarlov Cysts, however, do not explain why Tarlov Cyst presence may offer many symptoms that are NOT necessarily PGAD. The small test, where 12 or 18 had Tarlov cysts is broadly inconclusive.

Yet PGAD and PSAS has been examined by news media. PSAS or persistent sexual arousal syndrome preceded PGAD as sufferers discussed that it had very little to do with sexual arousal. It is not considered sexy. This video from ABC news 20/20 shows how disarming PGAD can be.

PSAS and PGAD should not be confused with a psychological diagnosis of hypersexuality (sometimes known as nymphomania) where the woman displays a compulsive sexual desire and need for sex. This is a compulsive disorder.

PGAD is a rare nerve disorder that may deviate sexual arousal or the “sex reflex of the brain. Many neurocognitive studies have cited evidence that female brains may be organized somewhat differently than male brains, in terms of arousal, color, and taste.

PGAD is rare and definitely no laughing matter. From neurotransmitters, hormones, nerves and other possible sources, there really have been no conclusive inferences that might point to causality. PGAD symptoms go back to around 2007 and little research has followed up in the USA. PGAD has no significant lobby groups and is not classed as a disability due to its distressing reactions. Stress and anxiety may also aggravate symptoms. While there are many treatments to enhance sexual arousal. PGAD has no proven treatments. PGAD is a very hard, uncomfortable, grim reality.

For those who fantasize about constant sexual arousal, PGAD shows that you should be careful what you wish for. The constant arousal among those with PGAD may lead to distressing and even fatal consequences.