The woman with a rare medical condition that leaves her permanently aroused

Colleta Ochieng
Colleta Ochieng

A 21-year-old woman from the United States has revealed that she has been living with a rare medical condition that leaves her in a constant state of sexual arousal.

Scarlet Kaitlin Wallen has persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), a condition characterized by uncontrollable arousal.

Scarlet first began experiencing symptoms at the age of six, describing severe and constant “pins-and-needles” sensations in her genitals. She likened the pain to “burning bugs under my skin” and described it as feeling like her genitals were on fire.

Since then, she has endured years of excruciating pain, with only occasional relief.

For Scarlet, the last fifteen years have been marked by persistent agony. She has undergone surgeries to remove some of her genital nerves in an attempt to alleviate the pain.

I’d been experiencing pain for as long as I remember. My vulva was constantly burning – it was like I was naturally aroused but I didn’t want it. There’s nerve pain, it’s not wanted – and there’s no pleasure. I’m hopeful I’ll be able to have a painless sexual relationship in my lifetime,” she expressed.

Scarlet revealed that the onset of PGAD at the age of six prevented her from enjoying normal childhood activities with her friends.

Despite experiencing some relief during her teenage years, Scarlet’s symptoms later on returned. To cope, she resorted to using vapor rub on her genitals to distract from the constant arousal, despite the severe thrush it caused.

After seeing a doctor just before graduating high school, Scarlet received a diagnosis of PGAD alongside congenital neuroproliferative vestibulodynia, a condition where pelvic nerves are hypersensitive to touch, which she has had since birth. She underwent surgery to remove parts of the painful tissue, aiming to reduce her symptoms and eventually lead a more normal life.

What is PGAD?

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) or restless genital syndrome is a condition that results in spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal.

The arousal is with or without orgasm or genital enforcement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire.

There is no permanent solution to the treatment of PGAD known to date. Medication that increases the level of milk-stimulating hormone or prolactin in the blood has however proven to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of PGAD.

Anti-seizure medications and antidepressants have also been beneficial in the treatment of the condition.

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