What is PGAD?
Weiss Disease, better known as persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is a condition that, in men, causes unwanted ejaculatory fluids to release without there being any sexual interest present. It commonly gets associated with a state of priapism in which the penis becomes erect frequently without sexual interest. In a woman, PGAD is a sexual dysfunction that is intrusive and rare – marked by unremitting arousal in or around the genital tissues, including engorgement which, as with men, is absent sexual desire.
In both gender variations of the disorder, the genital sensations experienced, named, dysesthesias, can cause the recipient to regularly feel as if they are coming close to having an orgasm or a person deals with persistent sexual arousal syndrome and has spontaneous, episodic currents of orgasm. The condition can lead to other physical problems that are painful, and there is a shadow of distress and psychological impairments covering like an opaque veil over those dealing with PGAD because of the disruption in doing everyday tasks – not to mention the depreciation it causes in a person’s quality of life.
To find out more PGAD, call (212) 362-9635 in NY. Research is developing that shows that although PGAD is incurable, TMS might be able to help with pain and symptoms caused by the condition.
The experts have delineated five criteria to diagnose PGAD accurately. They are:
1. stimulation, involuntary in nature, of clitoral and genital areas for periods that range in length of
hours to days to months
2. there is no identifiable reason for there to be a consistent arousal of genitalia
3. the dysesthesias experienced is void of any sexual interests
4. the arousal persists without personal want, and the sensations are characteristically intrusive
5. having one or multiple orgasms cannot alleviate or resolve the physical sensations
Symptoms of PGAD
Persistent genital arousal disorder has one primary symptom which is the uncomfortable and persistent genital sensations which can include:
- Pins and needles
Some psychological symptoms may include:
- Panic attacks
Relief from the pain may follow the orgasms, but this tends to be only temporary. Eventually, sexual desire may become a concept hard for those dealing with PGAD to regard and climaxing will cease being much of an experience associated with enjoyment as much as it will be a means to be temporarily free of the pain that the PGAD causes.
Sexual stimulation, stress, anxiety, riding in a car and any other number of things can trigger an episode of persistent genital arousal disorder. Many believe that since stress and anxiety can bring about the condition, PGAD is psychological in nature. Research conducted leads many to believe that Tarlov cysts found at the bottom of the spine cause PGAD. The Tarlov cysts are spinal fluid-filled sacs. They show up on the sacral nerve which receives signals from the brain and gets relayed to the bladder, genitals, and colon. Just like triggers for the condition tend to be unclassified, the causes for PGAD remain largely unknown.
We had an incredible breakthrough with some TMS treatments at TMS Brain Care NY, USA recently. Robert D. McMullen, MD was caring for a patient with major depressive disorder and OCD, and in addition to the prefrontal cortex-targeted magnetic pulse treatments, he administered TMS to the motor strip which is a segmented area of the brain associated with the pelvic region. Gradually, this female patient reported having no depression, no pelvic pain, and no persistent genital arousal disorder. Currently, TMS is only FDA-approved as a treatment for clinical depression. It has IRB (Internal Review Board) approval for treatment of OCD, but the success of the TMS in curing McMullen’s patient of something which there is no immediate cure is remarkable. We published the case to encourage further research.
To find out more about other success stories arising from TMS treatments for depression, call (212) 362-9635 in New York City to make an appointment today.