Genital Arousal Disorder linked to psychological distress in womenNovember 17th, 2007 - 1:03 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Nov 17 (ANI): A new study has found that women suffering from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition marked by unprovoked, intrusive and persistent sensations of genital arousal, which are unrelieved by one or several orgasms, are likely to experience a variety of associated psychological conditions.
Women who have this rare and often distressing condition often experience related depression, anxiety, and panic attacks and frequently show a past history of sexual victimization.
The condition is accompanied by frustration, guilt, anxiety and distress for the sufferer.
The study, led by Sandra Leiblum, Ph.D., former President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, suggested that a majority of women who suffer from PGAD also have pre-existing stress related illnesses.
The complaint of persistent genital arousal deserves serious research attention since it is accompanied by a considerable amount of psychological distress, and yet the cause and treatment remain undefined, Leiblum said.
David Goldmeier, M.D., co-author of the study, said that PGDA is not all in the mind, and the women suffering from it should be assessed thoroughly with empathy and careful attention to their symptoms and history.
PGAD is most certainly not all in the mind, and these women should be assessed thoroughly with empathy and careful attention to their symptoms and history, Goldmeier said.
Although no physical illness or medication showed up as a cause of PGAD in this study, I would urge women to initially consult a sympathetic physician, he said.
Irwin Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, observed that women of all ages, ranging from teens to menopause, currently suffer from this obtrusive sexual problem and added that more research was needed to better understand the condition.
Women of all ages, ranging from teens to menopause, currently suffer from this obtrusive sexual problem. More research efforts to better understand and treat this unusual under-inhibited sexual condition are strongly needed.” Goldstein said.
The study is issued in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. (ANI)
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