What is Genital Arousal Disorder? Is it a real thing? Recently, a man who suffers from the rare condition described it, in order to raise awareness.
Dale Decker, 37, of Wisconsin, is the first man to share about his experiences with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD). He says he first experienced the problem when he slipped a disc in his back while getting out of a chair in September of 2012.
Decker knew something was amiss when he had five orgasms on the way to the hospital.
He describes his condition as “disgusting and horrendous,” and elaborates thusly:
Imagine being on your knees at your father’s funeral beside his casket – saying goodbye to him and then you have nine orgasms right there. While your whole family is standing behind you. It makes you never want to have another orgasm for as long as you live. There’s nothing pleasurable about it because even though it might feel physically good – you’re completely disgusted by what’s going on.
The condition is no joy for Dale’s wife April, either, who pointed out how hard Dale’s PGAD has been on their marriage:
We really struggle right now as he is unable to work and supply for his family and I feel like all the strain is on me. It’s really upsetting, we don’t do things that man and wife should do and we argue over things that should not be affecting us. Because he sometimes has episodes at night we took the decision to sleep in separate beds.
Currently, there is no medical treatment for Dale’s condition: though the slipped disc has been repaired, the nerves that the disc affected can’t be simply pushed back into place.
Decker’s condition is the same as that of Amanda Gryce, a 24-year-old woman who made headlines earlier this year when she revealed her difficulties with PGAD result in an uncomfortable fifty (50) orgasms per day.