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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 341-343

Persistent genital arousal disorder


Department of Psychiatry, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Lakshmi V Pandit
67/53, 10th B Main Road, 4th Cross, First Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru - 560 011, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.185942

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Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is a phenomenon, in which afflicted women experience spontaneous genital arousal, unresolved by orgasms and triggered by sexual or nonsexual stimuli, eliciting stress. The current case is a 40-year-old female who experienced such orgasms for about a month. Physical examination, investigations, and psychological testing were noncontributory. Carbamazepine (600 mg) was discontinued due to a lack of response. She improved significantly with supportive therapy. Various neuropsychological conditions, pelvic pathology, medications, etc., have been associated with this disorder. Pharmacologic strategies have included the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and analgesics. Validation, psycho-education, identifying triggers, distraction techniques, and pelvic massage have been tried. Living with PGAD is very demanding. There is a lack of understanding of the problem, shame, and hesitation to seek help. The syndrome has been recently described, and understanding is still evolving.


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