Tackling Female Genital Mutilation : What It Does To A Women


Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia,or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Female Genital Mutilation

It also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision.

It is a destructive operation in which the female genitals are removed or injured with the aim of inhibiting a woman’s sexual feelings.

Most often the mutilation is performed before puberty,often on girls between the age of four and eight,but recently it is increasingly performed on babies who are only a couple of days,months or weeks old.

Female Genital Mutilation is practiced throughout the world ,with an estimated 200 million girls and women having undergone genital cutting as a coming-of-age ritual ,typically under age 15.

Are There Any Health Benefits ?

I think female genital mutilation is the accepted term ,and it’s the term WHO uses.Mutilation shows the the gravity of the practice.You’re damaging healthy tissue and and altering it in ways that may be permanent ,for no medical reason.

There are no health benefits ,only health risks.It’s a way of controlling female sexuality.

Once the damage of female genital mutilation is done,can it be medically undone?

It totally depends on the type of mutilation.

For women who have undergone what’s called infibulation, or narrowing of the vaginal opening leaving only a very narrow opening for menstrual flow or intercourse.

The clitoris is seen as the center of sexual pleasure for women.Why would a culture want to deny women the pleasure of sex ?

How do the women who have had FGM feel about it?

It’s really varied.In the high prevalence countries,some people feel that this makes them a woman.They don’t want to change that.In terms of their sexual function ,some women say with the right partner they can still have a full sexual life.

Other women say they feel that they have really suffered ,and they are having a lot of sexual health issues.

We get to see some communities that have abandoned the practice.But then you look at the prevalence numbers,and they just don’t budge.


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