A woman has spoken out about her constant pain at the hands of a health condition that keeps her in a state of constant sexual arousal.
Amanda McLaughlin, 23, has persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), and says she has to beg her fiancee, JoJo, for sex every single day to alleviate her symptoms.
You can watch Amanda talk about her pain in the BBC Three documentary below:
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The young woman has suffered with PGAD for a decade and it causes pain in her legs and pelvis that’s so bad she’s unable to work and rarely leaves her home.
Amanda told BBC Three how supportive her partner has been, saying:
It’s not fun to be aroused all the time. It feels like you’re about to orgasm and then it never goes away. Would you want to have a raging boner 24/7? I don’t think so. It’s just non-stop.
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.
You’d think that you could have sex and it would just go away, but it doesn’t. 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.
Initially, her mother Victoria said, Amanda’s family didn’t know how to react and branded her a ‘whore’:
When she first became sexually active she was having sex a lot. My whole family just thought she was a whore. I doubted her completely – I still feel guilty.
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.
Assistant professor of neurology at Michigan University Dr Priyanka Gunta, who is currently treating Ms McLaughlin, said:
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.
PGAD is most commonly reported in women, many of which are left too embarrassed to go to the doctors to seek help.
When men have the condition, it’s called priapism, which leaves the sufferer with an erection lasting several hours or more.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.