What is Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder?

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) is indicated by excessive, unwanted physical arousal without a desire for sexual activity. Symptoms of physical arousal can include increased blood flow and tingling in the genital area and increased production of vaginal secretions. Women with PGAD may experience symptoms of physical arousal for hours or days at a time despite a complete lack of mental or emotional arousal. The physical symptoms of PGAD often leave women feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed in everyday, public situations.

What Causes PGAD?

Although it is unclear as to what causes PGAD, stress and anxiety about recurrences of the condition may make it worse. Your healthcare provider at the Center for Women’s Sexual Health will work with you to discuss options for managing both the anxiety associated with PGAD as well as the physical symptoms. Some women find identifying PGAD triggers and entering support groups helpful for their on-going management of the condition.