Orgasms are supposed to be pleasurable and some may feel that living with the rippling feelings of orgasms on a permanent basis should be rapturous. But Amanda Gryce, 22, knows the experience and says it is next to torture.
According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old says she has been living the torture of constant multiple orgasms which can be triggered by a variety of stimuli, including vibrations of loud music, vibrations in a car in motion, and ringing mobile phone.
She says the right stimuli can set up a ripple of full blown orgasms at any moment and at anywhere, with her friends and even when she is at work as a sales associate in a baby products shop.
Gryce claims that on a bad day, she may experience up to 50 orgasms. She said: "I can have 50 orgasms in one day and five or ten within an hour of each other. It happens when I'm with my friends or out in public and it's very embarrassing. It kills me inside. I just have to put on a smile and pretend that nothing's wrong. Orgasms are supposed to be a good feeling buy I've had them every day for so long now that I'm living with constant fear and shame."
The Sun reports she added: "At my lowest points, I have thought about suicide but I had to reassure myself that I would never resort to something like that and that it wasn't going to happen to me."
Gryce had no idea what was happening to her when she was younger, but she soon learned from a radio show that her persistent multiple orgasms were caused by a rare condition known to the medical profession as Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome or PSAS.
Gryce says she first experienced the strange "ooh-haa" feeling when she was eight years old. She said that by the time she was in her early teens she was experiencing strange heady sensations even while she sat in classroom trying to concentrate on her lessons. But she found it difficult to talk about her experience because she was too embarrassed to do so, and being raised a Catholic, she believed that masturbation and thought preoccupations leading to sexual arousal were sinful.
She said: "As a child I had no idea what was happening to me - I thought I was just sex-obsessed. I had to masturbate to relieve my condition and I felt guilty every time I did it."
The Daily Mail reports Gryce said that by the time she learned about PSAS from a radio program in 2008, she had seen four different doctors who had never encountered her condition.
After she became aware of the nature of her condition, she tried to come to terms with it and adapt to the circumstances.
She lost her virginity at 20 after years of living in fear of yielding to her first experience. Gryce admits that her condition has interfered with her sex life, making it difficult for her to maintain steady relationships. She said she found that men either wanted to take advantage of her or were intimidated by what looked to them like hypersexuality.
She said: "When I lost my virginity I was left emotional and disappointed. It didn't make me feel better. The guy that I was with seemed sympathetic at first but then used my condition to get more sex. I've been with a few guys since but it's difficult- I've found some guys are even intimidated.Thankfully I've had the courage to tell my family and they have all been very understand and supportive. I get people say I'm making it up and that I'm really a nymphomaniac but I don't let it faze me. I just now hope that there will one day be more understanding of this condition and my story will give just one other person the courage to get support."
All about Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS)
The condition known as Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS ) or Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), is also known as Restless Genital Syndrome (ReGS or RGS). It is characterized by "spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire."
It was reportedly first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum in 2001 and recently characterized as a distinct syndrome in medical literature.
Doctors say the condition is unrelated to hypersexuality commonly referred to as nymphomania or satyriasis.
Arousal caused by PSAS can be intense and persistent, lasting for days or even weeks. Some patients find that spontaneous or induced orgasms bring temporary relief. Some patients say onset of symptoms could be unpredictable resulting in waves of intense orgasms. The experience may verge on pain after prolonged exposure leading some patients to suffer loss of pleasure association. This may lead to some sufferers shunning relationships and may lead to depression and even suicide.
Some experts think the condition may be caused by sensory nerve abnormalities and note that it is common in post-menopausal women, or women who have undergone hormonal treatment.
Symptoms may be alleviated by the use of antidepressants, antiandrogenic agents, and anesthetizing gels. Psychotherapy may also be used. Surgical intervention has also been used with limited success.
The condition uncontrolled, may have a devastating effect on the life of the patient. According to The Sun, last year, 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen of Florida, committed suicide after suffering the condition for 16 years.
The news caused Amanda disturbance. She said: "It is not pleasurable: you could say it has become a torture. This condition controls your life completely and it is like living a nightmare."