Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Recurring unwelcomed, spontaneous sexual arousal unaccompanied by sexual desire is a disorder known as Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD). Usually characterized by persistent genital engorgement and erection of the clitoris (in women) or penis (in men), symptoms persist over an extended time and can include a sense of genital fullness or congestion, and genital swelling, tingling, throbbing and/or sensitivity, as well as painful intercourse (known as dyspareunia) and nipple sensitivity. Historically more common in women, men increasingly are reporting the condition. Orgasm or ejaculation may provide temporary relief.

In determining the cause of PGAD, psychological, physiological and mechanical causes are evaluated. A mechanical cause of the disorder may be overactive pelvic floor muscles and/ or associated overactive obturator internus muscles. These can compress the pudendal nerve, causing irritation or increased sensitivity. Other causes include previous pelvic surgery, a history of urinary tract infections, vascular issues, Tarlov cysts, and central nervous system pathology. Other conditions that are sometimes concurrent with PGAD include Restless Leg syndrome and Overactive Bladder Syndrome.

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