Gretchen Molannen Suicide: Woman Who Had To ‘Masturbate For Hours’ Kills Herself

By Amir Khan on December 5, 2012 8:27 AM EST

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The port of Tampa Bay, where Gretchen Molannen lived (Photo: Creative Commons)

Gretchen Molannen, a woman afflicted with a disease that left her permanently sexually aroused, committed suicide on Sunday, according to police. Gretchen Molannen committed suicide just days after the Tampa Bay Times published a story detailing her debilitating condition.

Gretchen Molannen suffered from a condition called persistent genital arousal disorder, which left her constantly physically, but not psychologically, aroused, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Women with the rare and debilitating sexual condition, such as Gretchen Molannen, often have to masturbate for hours on end simply to get some relief, according to the Daily Mail.

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"I call it the brain scream to try to describe to doctors," Gretchen Molannen had told the Tampa Bay Times. "That my brain tells me that I have to compulsively sexually stimulate myself . . . and I have a certain number of minimum climaxes I must reach before my brain will calm down."

The constant arousal from the called persistent genital arousal disorder and the constant masturbating started hurting Gretchen Molannen, according to the Tampa Bay Times article.

"The arousal won't let up. It will not subside. It will not relent. One O-R-G will lead you directly into the horrible intense urge, like you're already next to having another one," she said. "So you just have to keep going. I mean, on my worst night I had 50 in a row. I can't even stop to get a drink of water. And you're in so much pain. You're soaking in sweat. Every inch of your body hurts. Your heart is pounding so hard."

People often laughed when she explained her condition, and had a hard time describing it. Eventually, she found a way to relate her condition to men.

"When I describe it to men, I tell them, 'Imagine having an erection that does not go down, that feeling of just before it comes out, all day, all night, no matter how many times, no matter how much you've destroyed the skin on your penis,'" she said.

Even before Gretchen Molannen committed suicide, she said that he attempted to do so several times in the past.

"This isn't living. I think about suicide all the time. It doesn't mean I want to do it," she said, according to the New York Daily News. "I don't want to do that. I want to enjoy life. I used to love life."

However, just days after her story ran in the Tampa Bay Times, Gretchen Molannen killed herself. Police did not reveal how the 39-year-old did so, but the Tampa Bay Times reports that police responded to a suicide call at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Several friends of Gretchen Molannen also emailed the Tampa Bay Times to confirm her suicide.

Her boyfriend also email, saying their story on her "won't help her now."

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