A Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra participant made hilarious headlines over the weekend when she appeared to moan passionately during a concert.
The report went viral, leading some to question whether she had a medical condition that made her overly sensitive to sexual arousal.
While it’s still not clear what caused the woman’s outburst, a small number of people are afflicted by a debilitating condition called persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), which causes spontaneous orgasms independent of sexual stimulation.
Wisconsin resident Dale Decker experienced about 100 orgasms a day, none of which were pleasant. Mr Decker, the first man to speak about his experience with PGAD, said the condition developed in 2012 after a back injury left him with pelvic nerve damage.
And Arizona native Cara Anaya-Carlis, who was also diagnosed with PGAD, once said she experienced more than 180 orgasms in just two hours and lived in a state of heightened sexual arousal for up to six hours a day.
Dale Decker, 37, of Wisconsin, along with his wife April, became the first man to speak publicly about his suffering from persistent genital arousal syndrome
Mr. Decker, the first man to speak about his experience with PGAD, said the condition developed in 2012 after a back injury left him with pelvic nerve damage.
Cara Anaya-Carlis, 30, endures up to six hours of sexual excitement a day and once had more than 180 orgasms in two hours, pictured with husband Tony
The actual number of PGAD patients is unclear, and many people living with it may not feel comfortable disclosing their condition.
Researchers say it can affect one percent of the population to varying degrees.
The exact cause of the condition is unknown, although there have been some reports suggesting that a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms called rasagiline may help.
An unnamed California resident set the Internet on fire over the weekend when it was reported that someone let out a passionate wail during the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony on Friday.
Other concertgoers and netizens were surprised to hear the distinct moaning or screaming, as one person put it, which they attributed to an orgasm.
Onlooker Molly Grant told the LA Times that the woman making the noise must have had an orgasm “because she was breathing heavily and her partner was smiling and looking at her – as if she didn’t want to embarrass her. “
Details, such as whether the woman’s orgasm was provoked or just spontaneous and unexplained, remain unknown, but the news has caused a stir on the Internet and once again raised questions about whether spontaneous bursts of pleasure can be a bad thing.
Sufferers characterized by frequent unwanted orgasms and/or persistent physical arousal will say that these outbursts can actually ruin daily life.
She had a 10-year-old son, Merrick, and said she was now too shy to do the school run
Many people suffering from PGAD live in a constant state of arousal that can cause uncomfortable swelling and tingling in the genital area, and the condition can cause unwanted attention and embarrassment, forcing sufferers to hide from feelings of shame.
Because the feelings of physical arousal occur without the accompanying feelings of desire for sexual satisfaction, people with persistent genital arousal disorder often feel that there is a disconnect between what is happening between a person’s body and mind.
Woman has ‘spontaneous orgasms’ five times a day on Parkinson’s drug
A 42-year-old Turkish woman was prescribed rasagiline for her Parkinson’s symptoms. But seven days after she started taking it, she experienced “hyperarousal,” and by day ten she was having five orgasms a day, lasting between five and 20 seconds.
Genital sensations affected by PGAD have been described in various ways, including pressure and fullness, throbbing, burning, and itching.
PGAD mainly affects women, although men are also known to struggle with the incurable problem.
He was isolated and left housebound for fear of having an embarrassing public orgasm that would leave him writhing in discomfort.
Mr Decker said: “Imagine sitting on your knees next to his coffin at your father’s funeral – you say goodbye to him and then you have nine orgasms there.
“While your whole family is behind you. It will make you never want to have an orgasm again for as long as you live.
“It happened to me in the supermarket and when it was over about 150 people looked straight at me – why leave the house when something like this can happen.”
The condition is difficult to live with, so Mr. Decker unable to provide for his family. According to his wife, the condition forced the couple to sleep in different beds and “not do things that men and women should do.”
Even the most seemingly insignificant stimuli can trigger a flare-up. A woman named Rachel from Atlanta, Georgia, told a British documentary film crew years ago that she experienced a spontaneous orgasm for four to six seconds every 30 seconds. [or] sometimes eight hours a day. Simple household tasks can confuse them.
She said: “The washing machine, for whatever reason, when it’s spinning, I don’t even want to touch it… The vibrations tend to cause the constant sexual arousal and that’s going to set off an episode. “
Like Mr. Decker, was Mrs. Anaya-Carlis unable to work or move freely in the world without fear of being hit by an uncontrollable and uncomfortable onset of orgasm.
Ms Anaya-Carlis, who has a son called Merrick with her husband Tony, said she avoided being outside and was often too embarrassed to tell a potential employer about the condition.
Then Ms. When Anaya-Carlis spoke about her condition in 2014, Merrick was just 10 years old.
She said: “When you’re around kids, you feel like a pervert because all these strong feelings are rushing through your body at the same time.
“So if you can’t help in class or go on a field trip because the kids don’t understand, the parents don’t understand.
“It destroyed my involvement in my son’s life because I feel too dirty to be a part of it. We want him to be a normal child, but at the same time he can’t have friends because mom has this disease.”
Not all PGAD patients experience spontaneous orgasms, although about a third of them do. About half of people with PGAD also say the condition is painful.
The condition is not well understood and little is known about the cause of PGAD. In 2014, a Turkish woman with Parkinson’s was prescribed the drug rasagiline, which increases dopamine levels and relieves symptoms such as tremors, stiffness and slow movements.
A week after taking the drug, the woman began experiencing intense, unwanted orgasms three to five times a day, each lasting between five and 20 seconds. The symptoms stopped when she stopped the drug, but scientists aren’t sure why this drug could have caused her breakouts.
Other research has shown that the condition can be caused by Tarlov cysts, fluid-filled sacs caused by trauma or injury and usually found at the base of the spine at what is called the sacral nerve root. These nerves receive electrical signals from the brain and relay those instructions to the bladder, colon and genitals.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine used MRI test results to show that more than 66 percent of women with PGAD symptoms also had a Tarlov cyst.
Treatment for PGAD varies from case to case, but physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor can help, as can sessions with a trained sex therapist.
Crystal Leahy is an author and health journalist who writes for The Fashion Vibes. With a background in health and wellness, Crystal has a passion for helping people live their best lives through healthy habits and lifestyles.