While many women spend years discovering how to have an orgasm, Kim Ramsey is trying not to.
The 44-year-old New Jersey nurse said that she is plagued by 100 orgasms a day which can be triggered by the smallest movements.
Doctors diagnosed Ramsey with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD). They blame the disorder on spinal cysts that developed when Ramsey fell down a flight of stairs ten years ago.
Ramsey said she knew something was wrong when she had continuous organisms after having sex with a boyfriend in 2008.
“I had constant orgasms for four days. I thought I was going mad. It also happened with a new partner and I even tried sitting on frozen peas,” she said.
Although PGAD is rare, more women are sharing about their daily challenges with the disorder. In an anonymous post on BoingBoing.net a woman shared what it’s like to have 100 to 200 orgasms a day.
“Every time I do something, I have to evaluate my situation. Where am I? Are there other people around? How well do I know them? What is the likelihood that, if I don’t get someplace private in time, things could get complicated? Can I make noise? (Being vocal isn’t necessary, but it helps release more of the pressure.) I avoid triggers-things like music with heavy bass, vibrations from riding a train or an idle car, cold air, musky cologne, darkness, stress, scary movies, romantic movies, unexpected touch, a full bladder. [PGAD] is completely unrelated to sex drive. Watching sex scenes does nothing for me, but the other day, when a friend put his hand on my back, I found it really hard to contain a screaming orgasm. If my heart rate shoots up too high for too long, I flare up. I avoided exercise and gained a lot of weight. One time, I was hugging a male relative and I felt an orgasm arise. It felt really dirty and wrong, and I totally freaked out. Now I try to avoid hugs in general unless I feel ready for them,” the blogger wrote.
A 2008 study on PGAD recruited 18 women suffering from the condition. Researchers found that many of the women experienced PGAD during early menopause. Participants also said that they’ve experienced restless genital syndrome and/or overactive bladder syndrome.
“PGAD-or as proposed by our group, restless genital syndrome (RGS) in the context of its strong association with restless legs-is probably the expression of a non-sexually driven hyperexcitability of the genitals and subsequent attempts to overcome it by genital manipulations,” study authors said.
They believe more research is required in order to find a clinical solution.