Amanda McLaughlin has a condition that makes her constantly beg for sex
She was diagnosed with persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) in 2013 and is unable to work and rarely leaves the house.
According to Amanda, she relentlessly feels like she’s about to orgasm, but the sensation never goes away and sends sharp pains all the way through her legs and pelvic muscles, often so severe that it triggers a panic attack.
“It’s not fun to be aroused all the time,” she told BBC Three’s Living Differently.
“Would you want to have a raging boner 24/7? I don’t think so. It’s just non-stop.”
Revealing how it started, Amanda began experiencing symptoms when she was in her early teens and for years she and her mum Victoria had no idea what was wrong with her.
She recalled: “No one ever believed me. I kept saying, ‘I need to have s*x, I need to orgasm.’
“Between the ages of 15 and 18 I masturbated way more than a normal teenager would. Everybody thought that it was just a s*x addiction.”
Victoria said she first noticed there was something wrong with her daughter when she became s*xually active.
“She was having s*x a lot,” she explained. “I didn’t know what it was – my family thought that she was just a w****.
“Honestly back then I was frustrated because I just thought she was a hypochondriac.
“I doubted her completely. I still feel guilty – the doctors told us it was nothing, I believed the doctors over my daughter.”
The condition can affect women of all ages and can lead to ongoing physical pain, stress and psychological difficulties due to an inability to carry out everyday tasks. She has been forced to stay indoors as a result.
“If I could go the rest of my life without having an orgasm, that’s fine,” Amanda admitted. “Some days I do OK, then some days I don’t want to be around anyone, I don’t want anyone to look at me.”
To relieve her symptoms, Amanda alternates between heating pads and ice packs and even has ice “inserts” which she can put inside her to help with swelling.
She’s also on 30 different medications to try to ease her pain. However, it seems help is on the way as researchers at Michigan University want to try a different therapy to help her.
Dr Priyanka Gupta, assistant professor of neurology, said: “Because it’s such a rare diagnosis and there’s been such little research we don’t know exactly what causes it. We suspect it’s multifactorial.
“I don’t have a quick cure for this but we’re going to be trying a few different therapies. I’m very hopeful that we can get her functioning better.”
Amanda also now has the support of her fiancé JoJo, whom she met a year ago. She said: “Relationships are very hard to keep with this problem. (JoJo) has never once judged me or made me feel bad about not working or anything like that.
“It affects our s*x life quite tremendously – you’d think that you could have s*x and it would just go away, but it doesn’t.
“Sometimes I will be crying and begging him to have s*x with me just to relieve some of the pressure that I have down there.
“My whole life would be different if I didn’t have this problem. If I wasn’t in pain all the time I might be able to work, I might be able to drive. I know I would be happier.”