A Message of Condolence and Hope

We are so saddened to hear about the suicide of a brave woman, Gretchen Molannen, who suffered from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) for 16 years. Ms. Molannen searched for relief from her debilitating condition for years and found none. We understand her decision to end her agony but of course feel horrified that someone should have suffered so horrendously without any hope of relief from her pain. As most women who have this often too misunderstood condition, Ms. Molannen suffered at the hands of insensitive and ignorant medical professionals hearing comments that mocked or minimized her level of pain. We pray that Ms. Molannen's death will begin to awaken the women's health community of the need for more research and education about the treatment of PGAD and other sexual pain conditions. We treat many women with this condition and feel very hopeful that they can gain relief and have a much improved quality of life. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gretchen Molannen. However, we also want to inform women who are suffering from similar conditions that there are many treatment options to ease their pain and ask you to please remain hopeful. We know we are asking you to summon super-human courage and strength to find effective treatment for your often unbearable pain. But there are treatment options out there and it is worth the fight. And we are here to support you!

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1. G | December 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM EST

How devastating! We need to spread the word and gie women hope and affordable healthcare

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