Persistent genital arousal disorder PGAD is a health concern that has not yet received much research attention or recognition in the healthcare system. Individuals who experience PGAD report genital arousal symptoms including sensitivity in their genitals, feelings of genital arousal—like tingling, throbbing, feeling on the verge of orgasm, swelling, lubrication without corresponding feelings of sexual desire. These arousal symptoms also last for a prolonged period of time: for hours, days, or are always present. PGAD symptoms do not usually go away with an orgasm or two and are described as distressing, unwanted and sometimes painful.
It reads more like the title of a film on YouPorn than the start of an article about a debilitating medical condition. More often than not, PGAD sufferers are treated as hypersexual oddities. But PGAD actually has very little to do with orgasms, and absolutely nothing to do with pleasure. The condition, largely suffered by women, is characterised by an implacable feeling of genital congestion and pelvic pain. Those who have it often feel permanently on the verge of an orgasm that they can't complete — a sort of chronic clitoral constipation.
Persistent genital arousal disorder in a male: a case report and analysis of the cause
A year-old male presented to the psychosexual clinic with symptoms suggestive of persistent genital arousal disorder of 2years duration. Physical examination and investigations ruled out any underlying urological or neurological causes. He was treated with Diazepam and Pregabalin and his symptoms reduced in intensity.
This program was held for those with PSAS and their loved ones. The opening session was on psychological considerations, presented by Dr. Stanley Ducharme and Julie Johnson.