Mum who has uncontrollable orgasms driving over potholes says it ruins her life

A woman who suffers from uncontrollable orgasms which can be triggered by driving over a pothole says it has ruined her life.

The rare condition, Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), apparently occurred after a routine smear test was botched in 2017.

The woman, named only as Maria, 61, said even going to a Shania Twain concert made her orgasm.

And she said the 'great arousal' – that she experiences without any sexual desire – has turned her into a recluse.

The mum-of-three, who was formerly the chair of a reproductive charity, said women who suffer from the condition 'should know they are not freaks'.

She added: "People shouldn't have to go through this and be ridiculed.

"It's far from funny. This has broken up marriages.

"Some women have taken their own lives.

"It saps your confidence because, to be honest, there are days I wish I wasn't here."

The health board have disputed that the damage to her pudendal nerve was definitely caused by the smear test.

She believes it was triggered after a routine gynaecological examination at Glasgow's Stobhill Hospital in September 2017, where a consultant 'rammed' a speculum into her.

The following month she began experiencing distressing symptoms for the first time which would eventually be diagnosed as PGAD, caused by damage to her pudendal nerve.

Maria said: "I just didn't know what was happening.

"You've got this great arousal but it's not going anywhere or triggered by anything.

"Most of the time I feel like I am sitting on an ant's nest.

"There's times where it's a tickle all day, but then something sets it off and it's a full-blown orgasm.

"Driving over potholes, aircraft turbulence, escalators, the vibration from violins – I don't know how many women could say they went to a Shania Twain concert and she made them orgasm.

"Ninety per cent of my life has been wrecked and the other ten per cent is not so great either.

"I had to give up volunteering because just moving can set it off.

"One of my friends said to me I'd become a recluse."

The widow, from East Dunbartonshire, fears using Botox as a form of treatment could leave her incontinent.

But other treatments, including numbing gels, pelvic floor physiotherapy and steroid injections directly into her clitoris, have proved ineffective.

Maria, who has adult children, said: "To think that this damage was caused by a consultant's incompetence and then you have incontinence as a result of things you do to try to cure the damage is just ludicrous.

"It's shocking."

She has been lobbying to be referred abroad for treatment, but despite the efforts of her MP Jo Swinson, the request has been declined by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board.

Instead, the trust has referred her to London for treatment, as Scotland has no specialist in PGAD – which was formally recognised as a disorder in 2013 and affects one per cent of women.

A spokesman for NHS GGC said: "We have explored and exhausted all treatments available locally for this patient and have been unable to relieve their symptoms.

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