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Study Explains the Reason Behind Sexual-Arousal Disorder in Women

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) or sexual arousal disorder is a hidden disease that is exclusively common in women. It is portrayed as a spontaneous and completely unwanted sexual arousal even without having an urge to it. It negatively affects a person’s mental as well as physical health and may damage personal relationships.

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reveals that persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is caused by damaged nerves that block the sensations from genital parts. It also highlights the possible neurological treatments for this condition.

The study is published in the journal PAIN Reports and is available online to view.

Bruce Price who works at McLean Hospital is the senior author of this study. He says that;

“Many affected women are silent and undercover—it’s in no way a fun condition, and it is difficult for patients to address their symptoms with their doctors, who have typically never heard of PGAD.”

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He also shares that;

“It’s important that people know of this medical condition and that it is primarily a neurological problem, not a psychiatric one.”

This study investigated 10 females suffering from persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) from ages 11 to 70. There were only a few participants of this study but still, this study carries some significance in medical research because it examines persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) in a unique manner.

Four of the study participants were diagnosed with spinal nerve root cysts. It is a sign of neuropathy characterized as generalized sensory nerve damage in women. One of the study participants were suffering from PGAD symptoms since childhood. She was diagnosed with a natural defect in her lower part of the spinal cord. One participant showed having a lumbosacral herniated disc in her lower back region. Another woman developed having short-lived PGAD symptoms when she stopped using her regular antidepressant medicine, prescribed by her physician.

Most of the gynecological as well as psychiatric treatments were failed on PGAD symptoms. Even the local anesthetics failed to show any benefit for PGAD diagnosed women.

On the other side, procedures like cyst removal surgery and nerve damage treatment were effective for more than 80% of the participants.

Anne Louise Oaklander, a research investigator from the Department of Neurology at MGH shares that;

“It’s treatable, but the treatment depends on the cause. By identifying some common causes—and localizing them to specific regions of the sacral nervous system—our study provides direction on how to help patients and to guide future research.”

She also adds to her statement that;

“Physicians need to be aware of PGAD and inquire about it when patients experience other pelvic pain or urological symptoms that often accompany PGAD.”

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Irrespective of the root cause, persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) can be helped. Only a trustworthy and qualified healthcare provider can determine a treatment for the sexual-arousal disorder. Couples can go to a sex therapist together and fix their relationship issues. It could help to retain the self-confidence again even after the failed sexual experiences.

In addition to medical help and therapy, there are a few things that could help persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) patients such as experimental sex, focusing more on foreplay during a sexual encounter, use of lubricants, more focus on intimacy and trusting your partner.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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