Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder which is also known PGAD is a condition characterized by unrelenting, spontaneous and uncontainable genital arousal in females. This condition may or may not include arousal with orgasm or genital engorgement. There are number of growing reports which is not linked to sexual desire. The words “arousal” and “orgasm” are almost universally associated with sexual pleasure which is a biological itch that goes away when it is scratched.
PGAD has recently been classed in medical literature as a distinct syndrome. The Diagnostic and Statistical manual or mental disorders do not recognize PGAD as a diagnosable medical condition. There are also some growing number reports which state the similar condition in males. Some doctors found priapism in men which is stated as a type of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder. Priapism is a persistent penile erection without sexual desire but male has erection which simply does not go away. Treatment for priapism includes drugs, anesthesia or drainage of blood from the penis. Not like PGAD, priapism is recognized as a diagnosable medical condition in the diagnostic and statistical manual or mental disorders. Persistent genital arousal disorders are not associated with hyper sexuality otherwise it is known as satyriasis in males or nymphomania in females. It becomes very difficult to know how common PGAD is as many sufferers may be very ashamed or gets embarrassed to seek medical help.
Physical arousal caused by this syndrome can be very intense and persist for extended periods, days or weeks at a time. Orgasm can sometimes provide temporary relief but within hours the symptoms return. The return of symptoms, with the exception of known triggers is sudden and unpredictable. Failure or refusal to relieve the symptoms often results in waves of spontaneous orgasms in women and ejaculation in men.
Those who suffer from PGAD experience too much of arousal several times a day for weeks and also even goes for months. Reaching to orgasm may alleviate symptoms for a while. But on the other hand the symptoms come back within few hours. These entire symptoms come back without giving any warning and because of this the patient cannot identify the triggers so that they can avoid them. If the symptoms are ignored and not acted upon then the patient may able to know the waves of impulsive orgasms. This is one of the severe conditions which can leave people unable to focus on their everyday tasks. Some of the known triggers that can bring on symptoms include vibrations from cell phone or while riding in a bus or train or car. There are some people who find themselves in a painful condition when they go to toilet for such severe arousal. Those patients who suffers from persistent genital arousal disorder may lose their sense of pleasure with all things sexual because release from symptoms that is achieved by having an orgasm. It becomes with associated with relief from pain rather than something to enjoy.
There are also physical approaches to consider. Anesthetizing agents or ice applied to the genitals may numb the area and relieve symptoms. In some cases surgery to correct nerve issues is helpful. Making medication changes is another strategy. This can involve stopping medication which is believed to be a trigger. It could not also mean adding a medication such as an antidepressant.