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Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS)

Read Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus' article on Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome (PGAS).

Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), also known as Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), is a condition occurring in some women where they have a constant feeling of being sexually aroused and are unable to release it. The arousal is unrelated to any erotic thoughts or any feelings of sexual desire. The feeling can be very intense and persist for days or even weeks. Orgasm may release it temporarily but the feeling comes right back. It can be terribly debilitating and is often accompanied by depression or feelings of distress. The condition most often strikes post-menopausal women in their 40s and 50s, or those who have undergone hormonal treatment, or women who have recently started or discontinued antidepressants, but it can happen to anyone.

It is not quite clear what causes Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, although studies have shown that it may be related to neurological, vascular, physical, pharmacological or psychological conditions. The physiology of the condition is similar to that of Restless Leg Syndrome.

Women who have PSAS are sometimes reluctant to talk about it because they may be embarrassed about their sexual arousal disorder. Now that unremitting sexual arousal has been identified by medical experts as a disorder, if you are a woman who suffers from it you should know that you are not alone and you can get help. Knowing that it isn't "all in your head" or something "you can be thankful for" will help you on your way to dealing with this condition. The medical staff here at the Women's Center is familiar with this syndrome and will work with you to help you reduce the pain, stress and discomfort.

Treatment of PSAS may include the use of antidepressants, anti-androgenic agents, anaesthetizing gels and psychotherapy.

Not all women who experience constant genital sensations have the disorder. If you have persistent feelings of arousal but it does not bother you, you do not have the disorder.

 

Learn more about female sexual arousal disorders.

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