CNN has a story that seems to be capturing quite a bit of traffic this weekend. Titled, "When being turned on is a turnoff," this article focuses on an unusual medical condition called persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD). According to Wikipedia, PGAD used to be called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) and Restless Genital Syndrome or Mempin Syndrome (ReGS or RGS). I admit that I never learned about persistent genital arousal disorder during medical school. I also don't remember learing about hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) during medical school.
So, what exactly is PGAD? Could it be linked to restless legs syndrome? How about priapism? I think we probably have more questions than answers when it comes to PGAD and I imagine that we'll learn more as science unveils the underlying pathophysiology of PGAD. You may be surprised to hear that PGAD could be linked to abruptly stopping antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Earlier this week, we also heard this: "U.K. woman has been diagnosed with persistent genital arousal disorder after falling off her Wii Fit board and damaging a nerve, the Toronto Sun reported." PGAD has been gaining more visibility through television shows like "20/20" and "Grey’s Anatomy."