Extra! Extra! Leave it to The Daily Telegraph to get you with a header like that.
The Telegraph recounts the story of Michelle Thompson who thought, until recently, that she was simply too demanding for men to keep up with her sex drive. Turns out she has Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, or PSAS, which sounds hot, until you read in-depth.
First documented in 2001, PSAS is spontaneous and persistent arousal, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. Arousal caused by the syndrome can last for days or weeks at a time and can be so intense as to completely disturb the life of the afflicted. Orgasm only provides temporary relief–if any at all.
In The Telegraph‘s piece, Thompson employs the appropriate levity and no time is spent going in-depth to get a sense of what it means to live with PSAS.
Dr. Irwin Goldstein, a professor of surgery at UC San Diego and the head of the Sexual Health Program at Alvarado Hospital, is one of the few researchers studying PSAS today. In an interview with ABC, he described it as: “it’s spontaneous, intrusive, and unwanted genital arousal consisting of throbbing, pulsing or tingling without the person’s sexual interest or desire.”
Dr. Goldstein estimates thousands of women suffer from PSAS, but the actual number is not known because so few seek a doctor’s help — and most doctors do not know about it.
“Every lecture I give on this, there’s always smirks in the audience: ‘Oh I wish my wife was like this.’ These are professional physicians,” Dr. Goldstein said. “And I said, ‘No, no, you’re, you don’t really want this. You do not want your wife to have this, please.'”
Thanks, Telegraph for helping perpetuate a myth.