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Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is a distressing condition that makes a woman feel sexually aroused for hours or even days at a time.

The arousal isn’t linked to sexual feelings or activity.  A woman with PGAD feels aroused, but she doesn’t want to have sex at that moment.

She might have a throbbing or tingling feeling in her genitals, increased blood flow to the area, or vaginal contractions.  Some women with PGAD have spontaneous orgasms.  But none of these symptoms are triggered by a sexual situation.

PGAD symptoms might occur – or worsen – when there is any kind of vibration in the genital area.  For example, riding in a car on a bumpy road might aggravate PGAD.

Stress and anxiety can also cause or aggravate symptoms.

Orgasm might provide relief for a while, but the symptoms usually return. In severe cases, PGAD can become painful. 

It’s unclear why women develop PGAD.  Some experts believe that stress or psychological issues provide the foundation.  One recent study found that women with Tarlov cysts – fluid-filled sacs that form on the lower spine – were more likely to have PGAD than women who did not have these cysts.

PGAD treatment may involve cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, pelvic floor physical therapy, or medication changes. Applying a substance that can numb the sensation, such as ice, may relieve symptoms temporarily.

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