Pelvic floor patient receiving treatment for PGAD at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in Madison, NJ.


What is Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)?

In PGAD, a person's genitals become physically overstimulated due to nerve or vascular involvement. For many, it feels like their brains and bodies have become disconnected from one another; and often, a flare-up feels intrusive, uncomfortable and embarrassing. In other words, this condition interferes with a person's ability to live a normal life. Most physicians are not sure how to treat these patients.

The emotional distress that PGAD causes can be so severe that one may develop symptoms of anxiety, and depression. Despite this, many people can and do find effective ways to cope; often this is simply a matter of empowering yourself to reach out for support.

Usually, PGAD is just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Echenberg of The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic, Genital and Sexual Pain recommends finding the real reason of nerve/vesicle overstimulation. At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, we have developed a unique approach in treating this complex condition.

Signs and Symptoms of PGAD

• Unwanted physiological feelings of overstimulation in the genitals that are not linked to sexual desire.
• Symptoms may happen spontaneously, or they may be triggered by manual stimulation of a non-sexual nature.
• Symptoms are experienced as intrusive and result in feelings of emotional distress.
• Pain in the lower abdomen, bladder soreness, genital/rectal pain or overstimulation.

What's The Next Step?

At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our certified physical therapists will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine what the best treatment plan will be for you. We understand how inhibiting pain and stiffness can be, and we want to help get you back to comfortably living your life. We'll help lift all of your physical stresses away!

Please email to book an appointment, or call our office at 908-443-9880.