Dale Decker has what's called Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome and it's making his life hell. The condition started after he slipped a disc in his back in 2012 after getting out of a chair. As he was being driven to the hospital he had five orgasms and ever since he's been suffering from this tortuous condition.
"Imagine being on your knees at your father’s funeral beside his casket, saying goodbye to him, and then you have nine orgasms right there, while your whole family is standing behind you,” he told Barcroft Media. “It makes you never want to have another orgasm for as long as you live. There’s nothing pleasurable about it because even though it might feel physically good, you’re completely disgusted by what’s going on."
Dale lives in Wisconsin with his wife April and two kids and he says the condition is totally ruining his life. It's affecting his relationship with his wife and his kids. “We really struggle right now as he is unable to work and supply for his family, and I feel like all the strain is on me. It’s really upsetting; we don’t do things that man and wife should do and we argue over things that should not be affecting us." April told Barcroft. "Because he sometimes has episodes at night we took the decision to sleep in separate beds. That can be very frustrating. You want the comfort from another person, particularly your husband, but we don’t have that.”
Decker is the first man to speak publicly about the condition, hoping to raise awareness of it. And while it may sound funny, it's something that can really impact a person's life.
Gynecologist Dr Dena Harris told Barcroft: "It’s clear Dale is really suffering, and I’m sure there are some people who will say that this is just in his head. But it’s not—it’s a serious medical condition and I just hope he gets the help he so desperately needs."
Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), originally called persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) and also known as restless genital syndrome (ReGS or RGS), results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. It was first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum in 2001, only recently characterized as a distinct syndrome in medical literature with a comparable counterpart increasingly reported by men.