Home > Medical > Hearing management > News Updated 12 May 2014 200 Orgasms a day - is it even possible? Without control, some women with Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome could orgasm up to 200 times per day. It may sound like fun, but for sufferers it is more like hell. 0 Related This video of someone playing with Lego could give you an orgasm Woman rushed to hospital after 3-hour orgasm Things you didn’t know about her orgasm Ask Hearing Care expert » What is tinnitus and is it caused by exposure to loud noises? Managing tinnitus using mindfulness The International Journal of Sexually-Transmitted Diseases and Aids has described a syndrome affecting women - non-stop sexual arousal that can last for months and cannot be satisfied regardless of the number of orgasms. The paper tentatively calls it Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, or PSAS. It seems to affect only a small minority of women but the true extent is unclear. The study says that, despite the sniggering or smart remarks this condition may cause, the state of endless arousal can cripple a woman's life. Read: The secrets of female arousal is foundSometimes embarrassing and often humiliating, the condition is unwanted because it occurs in the absence of genuine sexual interest. Some women have been so depressed by the problem that they have even been driven to electroshock therapy. 'Distressing and perplexing' PSAS is a "distressing and perplexing condition," say the authors, David Goldmeier of St Mary's Hospital in London and Sandra Leiblum of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. "Women with this clinical experience find the symptoms unwelcome since the genital arousal is usually persistent, unprovoked and unrelieved by orgasm. Read: The truth about orgasms"Indeed, women with persistent genital arousal report a high degree of psychological distress and even suicidal thoughts." The syndrome is a physical disorder in which the labia, vulva and clitoris become engorged with blood, causing arousal. PSAS is different from the psychological condition of hypersexuality, the medical term for nymphomania. But the causes for the syndrome remain unclear because it is such a newly-identified and thus poorly-explored condition and those who suffer from it tend to do so in silence. Anecdotal evidence points to the entrapment of local nerves or a disorder in blood circulation around the genitals. Another suspected culprit is a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Some women who have discontinued with these drugs have reported PSAS symptoms that typically last a few days to a few weeks but which sometimes can last for more than 18 months. "Due to the reluctance of women to come forward we are unsure how common the problem is," said Goldmeier, urging women with PSAS not to feel marginalised. PSAS, the study notes, sheds light on a new aspect of women's sexuality, which is traditionally dominated by the problem of sexual dysfunction. Watch: real life stories of living with PSASRead more:CyberShrink on anti-depressants and sexual dysfunctionA look at different anti-depressants and their effect on the libidoImage: ShutterstockSource: Royal Society of Medicine More in Medical Why some people can't clap to the beat More: Hearing managementNews SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics Medical Poor sleep linked to inflammation in teens News Tygerberg opens HIV biorepository Medical Laser used to remove tattoos may help reduce acne scars Medical How to get a handle on your heartburn Sex ‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.