1. Meet Amanda Gryce, 23, from Florida.
2. Amanda has a problem: She can orgasm up to 50 times a day and has been sexually aroused for over a decade.
3. The condition has actually left her in despair.
She says: “It’s called Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) and it’s something that I’ve been living with since I was about 6. Different kind of things that can trigger my PGAD are vibrations, riding in cars and riding with a loud bass. It can happen anywhere and sometimes I’ll have five back to back. It’s not pleasurable — it has become like torture.”
4. Here she is moving into positions to attempt to control them.
For years she suffered in silence, too ashamed to tell friends or even family. She says: “I can have 50 orgasms in one day and five or ten within an hour of each other. It happens when I’m with my friends or out in public and it’s very embarrassing. It kills me inside. I just have to put on a smile and pretend that nothing’s wrong.”
5. Seven months ago Amanda met restaurant worker Stuart Triplett on a dating website and fell in love.
Despite previously having sex to cope when her symptoms were bad, she now has to stay celibate. She says: “It was difficult at first to come out about my disorder to Stuart. I wasn’t sure when was the right time or how he was going to react.”
6. Stuart has helped support her.
She says: “Stuart’s really been holding me back as far as the intimacy goes - he actually has to remind me we’re not allowed to do anything.”
7. She’s been seeking medical help – and it’s finally working.
She says: “Since last year I’ve been on a quest to find out more about this condition. It’s been one disappointment after another thanks to the reluctance of some doctors to see this as a valid condition.”
After making contact with pelvic pain expert Dr Robert Echenberg, Amanda hopes she has found a way to control her orgasms: “After seeing Dr Echenberg I found there are things which can reduce the intensity of the orgasms — even though they are still constant. I take medication to numb the areas and do exercise to try to take my mind of it. Taking control over the disorder rather then it controlling me is a dream come true.”
8. Now Amanda and Stuart hope to move in together and plan their future together.
Stuart says: “I suppose you could say it was love at first sight with Amanda. Dealing with her symptoms at first was kind of a challenge because I didn’t quite know how to approach it the right way. As far as the sex ban goes, it was kind of hard to cope with but then I realised that it’s important to her health that she doesn’t do this so I’ve been able to abstain as well as her. I’ll continue to do whatever I can to support her.”
9. Things are finally looking up for her.
She says: “This past year has been amazing. Meeting Stuart and Dr Echenberg, I finally feel like I’m going to have a more normal life — and eventually a positive sex life.”