Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder

Unwanted, spontaneous, irritating, annoying arousal?

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD)  is a type of arousal disorder that causes distress and a poor quality of life. The incidence is underreported because many women feel embarrassed or ashamed. PGAD is a serious medical condition and requires prompt treatment from an expert in sexual medicine because it can lead to suicidal thoughts.


  • Persistent, intrusive, unwanted physical arousal
  • Throbbing, pulsating, or pressure along the genitals (clitoris, labia, vagina)
  • Occurs involuntary without any sexual stimulus
  • Orgasm does not relieve the symptoms


The exact  cause of PGAD in not known, but is possibly related to the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hormones
  • Medications
    • Trazodone
    • Effexor (venlafaxine)
    • Herbal estrogen products
  • Neurologic disorder
  • Vascular conditon


  • Couples therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Ice pack to the genitals
  • Prescription medications (off-label)
    • Antidepressants
    • Anti-seizure medications
    • Lidocaine ointment (topical anesthetic)
    • Chantix (varenicline)

Stop suffering and start living YOUR LIFE the way YOU WANT!