I really thought I’ve heard it all until I read this story. In life, sometimes we complain about many things; not having enough money, disappointments with career choices, and even our relationships. Imagine complaining about having frequent orgasms. Yes, you read correctly. A 24-year-old woman from the UK, named Amanda Gryce, suffers from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder. PGAD is a newly recognized condition, where the sufferer complains of long periods of genital arousal that are not associated with sexual desire. Gryce experiences up to 50 orgasms a day due to the rare medical condition. Her uncontrolled orgasms can be triggered by anything from riding in a car to a loud bass. This doesn’t sound like a bad situation considering it is medically proven that many women will never experience a orgasm in their lifetime. However, envision having that experience multiple times, in public places such as restaurants and family gatherings, without any warning. Gryce claimed that she suffered from the condition for many years. She expressed her constant embarassment and discomfort with the disorder “It can happen anywhere and sometimes I’ll have 5 back to back. It’s not pleasurable. It has become like torture. I’ve been living with it since I was 6”.
Gryce decided to break her silence and seek medical attention. You’re probably wondering are there any doctors who can “treat” such a thing? Many medical professionals have not heard of the disorder until now. Gryce claimed she searched for an entire year before finding any professional help. Low and behold, Gryce found pelvic pain expert, Dr. Robert Echenberg. She stated “After seeing Dr. Echenberg I found there are things which can reduce the intensity of the orgasms, even though they are still constant. I take medication to numb the areas and do exercise to try to take me mind of it. Taking control over the disorder rather then it controlling me is a dream come true”. According to Dr. Echenberg, one of the main rules for a successful treatment is to abstain from sexual contact until the patient can control the condition. Most people who are not virgins, will see this as a very difficult task for obvious reasons. Imagine how Gryce, and her boyfriend Stuart Triplett, must feel considering she has multiple, random, orgasms a day that aren’t sex related. The couple met on a dating site, and of course, engaged in frequent sexual activity to cope with her condition. Triplett explained her condition to their friends and family since Gryce would have orgasms when they would go on outings with them. I can only imagine how awkward that conversation must’ve been. Triplett has been very supportive of Gryce’s treatment. She said “It was difficult at first to explain my disorder to Stuart. I wasn’t sure when was the right time or how he was going to react. But he’s so supportive, he completely understands and he is just my rock. Stuart’s really been holding me back as far as the intimacy goes, he actually has to remind me we’re not allowed to do anything”. Gryce feels positive about her treatment and believes she will have a normal sex life in the near future.
According to Dr. David Goldmeier, an expert on sexual medicine at Imperial College in London, PGAD is a serious matter and causes a lot of pain and discomfort for women who suffer from the condition. He said “sufferers experience intrusive, unsolicited and spontaneous genital arousal that can be unrelenting. This arousal can persist for hours, days or even longer. This can be highly distressing for a woman and despite attempts to relieve it with sexual activity or orgasm, this often doesn’t help or can worsen the symptoms. Spontaneous genital arousal is quite common but it’s those women who can’t control the arousal which is uncommon. I see around 20 women a year with this condition, it may be as common as one in 100 we just don’t know. Sometimes it may resolve on its own, there is no cure but there are a number of ways to manage the symptoms such as meditation and pelvic floor exercises along with pain medication for the patient”.