Magazine article Newsweek

The Endless Orgasm

Magazine article Newsweek

The Endless Orgasm

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Byline: Lizzie Crocker

It's worse than it sounds.

Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic had a field day last week when The Sun ran a story about a 44-year-old New Jersey woman with a rare condition that causes her to have up to 100 orgasms a day. Diagnosed with persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), Kim Ramsey, a nurse, even sat on a bag of frozen peas during one four-day episode of constant climaxing.

Writers and readers responded with one orgasm pun after another. "Come again?" asked a Sun commenter, while the New York Post lamented that "some girls have all the fun."

But it's no laughing matter for Ramsey. "People who don't understand the disorder think multiple orgasms are a luxury, but I'm constantly in pain," she said. "Unfortunately it doesn't warrant much medical merit right now, because many doctors will write it off as hypersexuality."

Dr. Robert Echenberg, a gynecologist and founder of Pennsylvania's Institute for Women in Pain, says women like Ramsey are often misdiagnosed or even dismissed by gynecologists, who tell them to think of the gals who can't achieve orgasm and consider themselves blessed. "Doctors aren't addressing the pain," he says. Dr. Marcel Waldinger, a neuropsychiatrist and leading authority on PGAD, compares Ramsey's condition to a "toothache in the wrong place."

Echenberg says PGAD needs to be considered in the context of chronic pelvic pain--an issue that 20 percent of reproductive-aged females experience at some point. …

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