A MUM who suffers from uncontrollable orgasms has been denied medicinal cannabis treatment she says would change her life.
Maria, 61, climaxes when driving over bumps on the road, taking the escalator – even having an orgasm at a Shania Twain concert.
But now the mum, who says the condition was triggered during an NHS check up, has been left devastated after being told the health board won’t fund the medicinal cannabis to help her.
This means she will have to fork out £1,000 a month for the treatment herself.
The widow, from East Dunbartonshire, told the The Herald: “Why should I be paying the bill when I didn’t cause the problem? This was inflicted on me by the NHS, so the NHS should be paying for it.
“It’s been recommended by the very specialist they sent me to – that I had to fight to be sent to – and now they’re ignoring his advice.
“The condition has calmed down a lot. My own GP says she’s never seen me looking better in the past two years than I do now. They’re the only thing that’s worked. For me, it’s amazing not to have feeling down there.”
Maria believes the condition was sparked during a routine check at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital in September 2017, claiming a consultant “rammed” a speculum into her.
In the weeks after the examination, Maria said she started to notice distressing symptoms, which were eventually diagnosed as PGAD, caused by damage to her pudendal nerve.
And she said she was furious after it was a NHS consultant who recommended the treatment, with the board now not paying.
A PAINFUL CONDITION WITH NO SEXUAL SATISFACTION
PERSISTENT genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is spontaneous, persistent and unwanted genital arousal without any sexual desire or satisfaction.
Multiple orgasms over hours, days or weeks can be agonising for sufferers, offering no relief.
Scientists do not know what causes the condition, but suspect neurological, vascular, pharmacological or psychological causes may play a role.
Symptoms can persist for long periods of time, and include:
- clitoral throbbing
- vaginal congestion
- vaginal contractions
- spontaneous orgasms
The signs and symptoms can affect the vagina, labia, perineum and anus.
The condition can impact on a sufferer’s work and home life, leaving many feeling embarrassed, and avoiding sexual relationships.
Other treatments, including numbing gels, pelvic floor physiotherapy and steroid injections directly into her clitoris, have proved ineffective.
Previously, the mum opened up about the condition – saying she first began to notice distressing symptoms in the wake of her smear test.
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.”
A spokesperson for NHS GGC said: “Prescription of cannabis-based products is subject to considerable regulation.
“We are currently looking into the patient’s request and will be in touch with her next week once we have explored all options.”