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Uncontrollable Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

Updated on June 24, 2013

No Laughing Matter

Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), is a real medical condition that primarily affects women. PSAS can probably be compared to priapism in men. Priapism is an erection lasting for more than four hours, and is considered a medical emergency for men. Constant sexual arousal, unrelieved by sex or orgasm, is the defining characteristic of this disorder. This is a very serious condition that is very stressful for the one who suffers from it.

The cause of Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome is unknown, therefore there is no specific treatment. It is not triggered by hormones, yet it is undetermined if it is nerve related, or caused by the brain or body. PSAS is very frustrating disorder and the constant sexual arousal is non-ending. The slightest movement, vibration, or genital stimulation sends the sufferer into uncontrollable orgasms without relief. PSAS activates without warning is similar to recurrent seizure activity.

Some women who actually suffer from PSAS have been interviewed about what it is like living with Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome. Many women who actually suffer from PSAS have lost jobs, relationships, and their self-esteem. Many even lose sleep due to PSAS and even report masturbating constantly, application of ice to the genitals, and the use of vibrators without any relief.

The onset of symptoms for PSAS have been reported to occur post menopausal, after childbirth, and some even report having symptoms of this disorder since birth. Some physicians do not believe that it is a true medical condition and won't even treat women with this disorder. Yet not all doctors feel this way, and some are very sympathetic.

A Living Nightmare

Some doctors believe that this is a very real disorder, and a nightmare for those who suffer from it. Many of these same doctors feel that PSAS may be like a sort of short circuit caused in an area of the brain. These feelings are not a desire for sex, some women describe it as "a tickle that just won't go away."

Sexual activity can make the feelings of PSAS more intense, and is not effective in relieving symptoms. Electric shock therapy has been used for some cases of PSAS with varied results, and one known successfully treated case. The electric shock therapy was able to re-set the area of the brain that controls the sexual reflex involved with PSAS.

Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome is very agonizing for the women who suffer with it. Insomnia and sleepless nights are common for women with PSAS, leading to fatigue and other health complaints caused from lack of sleep. Insomnia is just one problem faced by these women. Depression and suicidal ideations are some serious disorders that are sometimes successfully controlled with the use of anti-depressants.

Before a diagnosis is made by a doctor that is familiar with this very unusual medical disorder, many Women with PSAS may seek help from several doctors in different field of expertise including: gynecologists, psychiatrists, or psychologists.

There is no cure for Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome. Drugs that can change the brain's levels of dopamine, and possibly relieving symptoms, are currently in the experimental stages. Treatment options are available. Feelings of embarrassment should not cause anyone from seeking proper medical interventions. Many doctors are willing to help women who suffer with the never ending agony of this unfortunate medical disorder.

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      gp 6 years ago

      i didn't know this was real..


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      hanna 6 years ago

      i have experienced this but in my case i had pleasant feelings in stomach and back too, and after arousement stopped, i have felt more in my body, stomach and heart ache and other feelings. sorry bad english, i'm finnish.

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      Johanna Vante 6 years ago

      For doctors as well as patients, this website offers the most up-to-date and complete source of information about the syndrome.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting article that really marveled me because i never had of a situation whereby an erection can last up to three hours not to talk of four.thanks for sharing this information,am really pleased with this great article.

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      scarlton 7 years ago from Boonville, NC

      Thank you so much for your kind words. There are so many rare (and sometimes unusual) illnesses that are misunderstood by so many people. It's important for people to know that no matter how "humorous" some disorders may sound, they are very real, and sometimes painful, for those who suffer from them.

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      Thank-you for touching on this very real symptom. This is not common but it is hard to rule out hormones and brain chemicals as a cause. A woman’s body and the hormone levels that can be triggered from pregnancy are sometimes overwhelming. I have helped many clients over come sexual problems in their marriage, but I have yet to have a case of this and I was interested as a clinician that I just had to read it. You did a fantastic job describing it. Hats off to you for touching on this very real problem.