Obscure Sexual Condition for Women
Researchers Don't Know the Cause of 'Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome'
March 23, 2006 -- A little-known women's condition called "persistent
sexual arousal syndrome" (PSAS) is getting researchers' attention.
David Goldmeier, MD, FRCP, and Sandra Leiblum, PhD, describe PSAS in the
International Journal of STD & AIDS. They write that women with
PSAS "become involuntarily aroused genitally for extended periods in time
in the absence of sexual desire."
The genital arousal is "usually persistent, unprovoked, and unrelieved
by orgasm" and unwelcome by the women, the researchers note.
The cause of PSAS is unknown and there is no agreed-upon or proven
treatment, write Goldmeier and Leiblum.
Goldmeier works at the Jane Wadsworth Clinic of St. Mary's Hospital in
London. Leiblum works at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway,
PSAS probably isn't a new condition, but it previously "went
unrecognized," Goldmeier tells WebMD in an email.
Asked what he most wants people to know about PSAS, Goldmeier writes in the
email, "that it exists and causes a lot of distress to many of the women
who have it."
No one knows how many women have PSAS, Goldmeier writes. "I suspect it
is much less common than, say, symptoms of low desire in women, which is the
commonest sexual complaint."
Goldmeier encourages women to seek assistance for PSAS. While there is no
clear treatment, "there are healthcare workers out there who will listen to
you and try their very best to help," Goldmeier writes.
"Every case has to be investigated thoroughly," he writes.