Some may think it's a problem they wouldn't mind having, but for a New Jersey woman, having up to 100 orgasms a day is a medical problem she would love to cure.
Kim Ramsey, 44, suffers from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) that means even the slightest pelvic movement, on a train, in a car, doing housework, makes her feel constantly aroused. And she says the sheer number of orgasms has left her tired, in pain and unable to have a normal relationship.
She tells The Sun newspaper, “Other women wonder how to have an orgasm, I wonder how to stop mine.”
The Daily Mail reports doctors believe the incurable syndrome was caused when she fell down some stairs in 2001 and developed a Tarlov cyst on her spine, the point where a woman's orgasm originates.
Ramsey says she first noticed the problem in 2008 after having sex with a new boyfriend, telling the Daily Mail, "I had constant orgasms for four days. I thought I was going mad." "We tried everything to make it stop. Squats, deep breathing, I even sat on frozen peas but the orgasms and sexual arousal continued for 36 hours, I must have had around 200 orgasms during that period. The pain and exhaustion was excruciating."
The Daily Mail says that despite seeing several specialists about the condition, doctors haven't been able to help since PGAD is so rare. She plans to travel to London next month to see an expert about it, but adds that right now it's difficult to go about her daily life because she's always worried she won't be able to control her arousal.
She tells The Sun, "At the moment I am able to work. But without the correct treatment this condition can limit my ability to work. I don't want that. It's already destroyed my chance of having a relationship."
The Daily Mail quotes Dr. David Goldmeier, an expert on sexual medicine at Imperial College in London, saying, "Persistent genital arousal disorder is a newly recognised condition, where the sufferer complains of long periods of genital arousal that are not associated with sexual desire. PGAD sufferers experience intrusive, unsolicited and spontaneous genital arousal that can be unrelenting. This arousal can persist for hours, days or even longer." He says he sees about 20 patients ever year with the condition and suggests it could affect as many as one in 100 women, but because of the stigma around it, few women are willing to discuss it.
Digital Journal first reported on the condition 4-years ago, when it was referred to as Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, or PSAS. Since then there have been very few advancements although there is an online support website to provide information to women suffering from the condition.