23-year-old Amanda McLaughlin from the US, who is suffering from persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) which keeps her constantly sexually aroused has spoken on her struggles with the condition.
The young lady spoke to BCC, as part of a documentary for Three’s Living Differently, where she also revealed that she begs her fiance JoJo for sex every day to relieve her symptoms.
McLaughlin started expressing the symptoms when she was just 13 years old but she was not diagnosed with PGAD until six years later.
According to her, ‘It’s not fun to be aroused all the time,’ she said. ‘It feels like you’re about to orgasm and then it never goes away.’
McLaughlin’s mother Victoria said they were confused and didn’t understand her daughter’s condition at first.
‘When she first became sexually active she was having sex a lot,’ she said. ‘My whole family just thought she was a w****.’I doubted her completely – I still feel guilty.’
Speaking on the state of her relationship with her boyfriend JoJo, Ms. McLaughlin said: ‘Relationships are really hard to keep with this problem.’But he never once has judged me, he never made me feel bad about working. It was love at first sight.’
But she admitted that her condition affects the couple’s sex life.
‘You’d think that you could have sex and it would just go away, but it doesn’t,’ she said. ‘Sometimes I will be crying and begging him to have sex with me just to relieve some of the pressure that I have down there.’
Describing the moment, when he leant about McLaughlin’s condition, JoJo also said: ‘When she first told me I didn’t know how to feel about it but I liked her so I was prepared to jump in. ‘The more I can learn, the more I can help her. I’ll help her so she can get anything she needs.’
The condition, persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) causes pain in her legs and pelvis that is so bad she is unable to work and rarely leaves her home.
According to reports, Amanda currently takes 30 different types of medications to ease the pain caused by her condition. She also uses ice ‘inserts’ to ease her pelvic swelling.
The assistant professor of neurology at Michigan University Dr. Priyanka Gunta, who is currently treating Ms. McLaughlin also disclosed that there is no cure for PGAD but hope to try a few different therapies for her.
‘Because it’s such a rare diagnosis and there’s been such little research we don’t know exactly what causes it. We suspect it’s multifactorial. ‘I don’t have a quick cure for this but we’re going to be trying a few different therapies. I’m very hopeful that we can get her functioning better.’