“Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome results in a spontaneous and persistent genital arousal, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. It was first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum in 2001, only recently characterised as a distinct syndrome in medical literature. In particular, it is not related to hypersexuality, sometimes known as nymphomania or satyriasis. In addition to being very rare, the condition is also frequently unreported by sufferers who may consider it shameful or embarrassing.
Physical arousal caused by this syndrome can be very intense and persist for extended periods, days or weeks at a time. Orgasm can sometimes provide temporary relief, but within hours the symptoms return. The symptoms can be debilitating, preventing concentration on mundane tasks. Some situations, such as riding in an automobile or train, vibrations from mobile phones, and even going to the toilet can aggravate the syndrome unbearably.“
“Michelle Thompson’s life is one big climax – for a rare condition called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) means she has up to 300 orgasms a day. This does not mean she has a high sex drive, probably the opposite. She wants the arousal to stop. It has its downsides. Finding a partner who can cope with such sexual demands can be difficult…
…It wasn’t until Michelle was 37 that she saw a TV documentary about a woman with the same symptoms she had and realised her constant tingling was more than just a very high sex drive…“
Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome in Women
Sandra Leiblum, Ph.D.; Sharon Nathan, Ph.D.
“…The distinguishing features of persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) include the following:
- The physiological responses characteristic of sexual arousal (genital and breast vasocongestion and sensitivity) persist for an extended period (hours to days) and do not subside completely on their own.
- The signs of physiologic arousal do not resolve with ordinary orgasmic experience and may require multiple orgasms over hours or days to remit.
- These physiologic signs of arousal are usually experienced as unrelated to any subjective sense of sexual excitement or desire.
- The persistent sexual arousal may be triggered not only by sexual activity but also by seemingly nonsexual stimuli or no apparent stimulus at all.
- The physiologic signs of persistent arousal are experienced as uninvited, intrusive, and unwanted…”
Support Group – Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome Support
“I want us all to hold our heads high and feel a sense of relief and pride knowing that we have not done anything to cause this disorder. That we are not freaks of nature; that we deserve to have our normal lives back!” Jeannie Allen