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Restless Genital Syndrome


Restless Genital Syndrome is a medical disorder that has mainly been reported in women, but may also affect men.

Women with ReGS report weird sensations at the clitoris, vagina, labia and the region around the vagina, (such as on the pubic bone and the groins) and sometimes the anal region. These sensations have previously been called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) and Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD).

The weird sensations consist of tingling, itching-like and wave-like sensations, small shocks or cramps in or around the clitoris and vagina. Women usually experience a close to orgasm sensation as if they are on the verge on getting an orgasm. These feelings do not cease like in a genuine orgasm but lead to an imperative urge to masturbate or to have intercourse in an attempt to get rid of these feelings. While having these sensations, women do not long for or fantasize about sex.

Masturbation or intercourse do not lead to a diminishment of the genital sensations, but, usually, aggravate the sensations.

The sensations are usually present the whole day, aggravate with sitting down and are often accompanied by restless legs (restless legs syndrome; RLS) and a frequent urge to void (overactive bladder syndrome; OAB).

Restless genital syndrome makes a woman often completely desperate. Most affected women do not talk about their complaints out of embarrassment. Avoidance to talk with anybody else about the complaints usually leads to social isolation meaning the losing of friends, who usually do not understand what is the matter.