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Dr. Allyson Shrikhande had a blog published in Rosy discussing PGAD.
Sexual pleasure under appropriate circumstances is normal and natural, something that we should be able to talk about openly without shame or stigma. However, for some, feelings of sexual arousal may be constant and intense, occurring in unwanted situations. For these people, this can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and even painful. This is known as Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, or PGAD. It’s a real medical condition with real medical causes, and its symptoms are not normal, but they can be treated.
Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, also known as restless genital syndrome or persistent sexual arousal syndrome, is a condition that causes uncontrollable, unwanted spontaneous sexual arousal without any sexual stimulation with or without orgasm. While most common in women, it can also affect males. Persistent arousal can last days and even weeks, causing pain, discomfort, and disruptions in your day to day life.
The disorder is generally marked by ongoing feelings of sexual arousal that become uncomfortable and disruptive. In women, this can involve unprompted swelling of the clitoris and labia, as well as wetness, itching, and burning. Men with PGAD often report penile pain or erections that do not go away even after several hours. When symptoms first emerge, the disorder is often mistaken for a urinary tract infection because of similar feelings of itching and burning. UTIs, if untreated, can also cause Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder symptoms.