It sounds like something out of an adult film, but for a woman known only as “Liz from Seattle,” having an orgasm that lasts for three hours is no pleasure cruise. The woman was having sex with her boyfriend when she experienced an orgasm. It seemed normal at first, but unlike a normal orgasm, her contractions did not subside within seconds or minutes. They went on and on, eventually landing her in the ER.
She attempted numerous tactics to relieve the symptoms. First, she tried jumping up and down. When that didn’t work, her boyfriend poured her a large glass of wine. She drank it eagerly, thinking it would “relax her system.” When that failed to produce results, she says, she began to panic.
After a couple of hours of contractions, Liz and her boyfriend decided to head to the local emergency room. When they arrived, ER staff immediately assumed Liz was in labor due to her heavy breathing and moaning. Liz refused to tell the front desk staff her real issue, and didn’t reveal the source of her problem until she was safely in a private room.
The story is detailed in a new TV series called Sex Sent Me to the ER on TLC. Reports on the three hour long orgasm don’t detail how the painful contractions finally subsided or what treatment was given to make them stop. Presumably, muscle relaxers and sedatives may have been used to “turn off” whatever went haywire in Liz’s brain and physical system to cause such a conundrum.
While no diagnosis has been made in the media reports on this condition, it may be related to a disorder called PGAD: Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder. This is a little-known condition in which women experience unrelenting physical arousal in their genital area, and sometimes even in their backside region and down the backs of their legs. The condition can be severe, and it is difficult or impossible for some women to find relief, even after repeated orgasms.
In some sufferers, the disorder results in spontaneous or lengthy orgasms even without physical stimulation. There have been reports of women having up to one hundred or more orgasms per day, and the women who have a very severe form of the disorder can’t leave their homes or hold a job because the condition makes it impossible to concentrate. There have even been reports of suicide in at least one case.
There is no known cause for the syndrome and at present, no cure either. Some experts feel the condition is completely neurological while others feel it could stem from a physical issue such as pudendal nerve entrapment, cysts on or near the spine, or even a benign tumor pressing on nerves. No definite cause has been identified for all women to date, but there have been numerous reports of spontaneous remission of symptoms upon the use of drugs intended for other conditions.
An orgasm that lasts for three hours may sound like a dream, but it became a nightmare for the Seattle woman who was rushed to the ER for unrelenting painful contractions. More research needs to be done to bring relief to women who suffer from this condition as well as PGAD.
By: Rebecca Savastio