Turns out there IS such a thing as too many orgasms
When we first saw the headlines this past week about a woman who has 300 orgasms a day finally meeting the man of her dreams — i.e. a man who could keep up with her libido — we assumed the story would be about Marrena Lindberg, whom we interviewed last year for our U.K. TV show. Lindberg is the author of The Orgasmic Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Lift Your Libido and Bring You to Orgasm and has persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS), which means that she has hundreds of orgasms a day. Mind you, these aren’t dramatic, Meg Ryan-style orgasms — she demonstrated one for us during the interview (using a photo of Stephen Colbert as her “inspiration,” we shit you not) and after it was over, we had to ask, “Did it happen?” And yes, we were just as awkward as you might expect. Exactly where is the polite place to look when one’s interview subject is in the midst of an orgasm?
But the recent news item was not about Lindberg. Apparently persistent sexual arousal syndrome is, well, persistent. As the condition is being increasingly recognized, more and more women are coming forward — relieved, finally, to not be called “crazy” or, worse, “lucky” (even by their doctors). And, of course, the media are more than happy to cover this — because multi-orgasmic women make for good headlines (ahem, exhibit A, this post).
Because though it sounds like a joke or an Onion headline, for many women who experience PSAS, it’s no laughing matter. Lindberg is not your typical PSAS-er; she has embraced her condition and in fact encourages it via a combination of her diet — she’s big on fish oil, amongst other items — and flexing her PC muscles, a.k.a. doing kegels. (For the record, we totally buy the kegels thing though we have mixed feelings on the fish oil.) But not all women are so entranced by PSAS — women talk about feeling traumatized and depressed, feeling like they have no control over their body. As the website PSAS Support puts it, “The feelings of genital arousal are perceived as distressing, distracting and worrisome.” Who’s “lucky” now? And because the condition is only now being recognized, many of these women’s doctors can be clueless, making them feel even more alone than ever.
So here’s to Michelle Thompson, whose new boyfriend can’t get enough. But, more importantly, here’s to more understanding doctors. Just because you didn’t learn it in med school, doesn’t mean it isn’t real, doc. Just ask any woman who loves her G-spot!