PGAD: Not a Joke!

October 7, 2012, the Huffington Post ran an article titled, "100 Orgasms A Day Not A Joke According to Women Suffering from Rare Disorder," discussing Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD). The article focuses on the physically and emotionally debilitating effects of this all too common medical condition. The article features two women who suffer from PGAD and how it has detrimentally affected their lives. PGAD is physical (not psychologically-rooted) disorder which causes a women to feel as if they are in a frequent unprovoked state of arousal.

Some people may think this is a pleasurable condition. On the contrary, PGAD, can be one of the most distressing vulvogaginal disorders. There are many causes and various treatments. However, more research into the causes and treatment of PGAD is still needed. We admire the two women featured in the article for their bravery in publicly disclosing their conditions. Many women feel too ashamed to discuss PGAD with even their family members and friends. So, these women took a very bold and selfless step in disclosing their conditions in order to help educate both women and the medical community about a very serious and life-altering condition.

Our book stresses how key it is to share your sexual pain condition with others in order to reduce your sense of isolation. However, discussing conditions that affect your genitals takes tremendous courage. Both these women understand that they are not responsible for causing their PGAD and hope that their disclosure will help others understand that PGAD should be viewed as a medical condition in the same way people view diabetes and asthma. There should be no shame associated with PGAD because it is a medical problem that affects a women's anatomy. Our genital region is like any other part of our anatomy and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, there are far too many medical professionals and lay-people who view the vulva and vagina areas as shameful and should be kept private. We commend both the Huffington Post and these two women who are trying to reduce the stigma associated with PGAD.

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