A WOMAN says her life has been ruined by uncontrollable orgasms which can be triggered simply by driving over a pothole — or seeing Shania Twain in concert.
The rare condition, called Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, is said to have turned the 61-year-old, named only as Maria, into a recluse.
She believes it was triggered by a botched smear test at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital in September 2017.
The following month she began experiencing ‘distressing symptoms’ caused by damage to her pudendal nerve. Maria said: ‘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, violins — I don’t know how many women could say they went to a Shania Twain concert and she made them orgasm. I had to give up volunteer work because just moving can set it off.’
The widow, from East Dunbartonshire, has tried various ‘cures’ for her condition, including numbing gels, pelvic floor physiotherapy and steroid injections. But they have all proved ineffective.
Her request to go abroad for treatment was declined by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, which disputes her condition was caused by the smear test. Instead, the trust has referred her to a specialist in London.
Some people have compared Maria’s condition with the Meg Ryan orgasm scene (pictured) in When Harry Met Sally.
But mother-of-three Maria said: ‘People shouldn’t have to go through this and be ridiculed. It’s far from funny. There are days I wish I wasn’t here.’