There are several different types of mutilation, which are demonstrated with drawings. FGM is primarily practiced and enforced by women and has cultural significance. FGM is practiced in the United States among some immigrant groups, and women who have immigrated here often need specialized medical care as a result of the mutilation. The most extreme form of FGM is called infibulation which involves removal of all outside genitalia and near closure of the vaginal opening. Infibulated women often must be cut to allow intercourse and childbirth, and are sometimes re-infibulated after delivery, often after each child. Women who have had FGM suffer from a number of serious health complications, including anemia, chronic pelvic infections, infertility, abscesses and keloids, sexual dysfunction, menstrual disorders, urinary problems, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
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Skip navigation! Story from Body. From time to time, The Bed Post features other voices. This week, I speak with anti-female-genital-mutilation campaigner Alimatu Dimonekene on how FGM harms not only women's sexualities but also their physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. When Alimatu Dimonekene showed up at the U. Alimatu had been working with Efua Dorkenou , the late campaigner against female genital mutilation FGM , to develop recommendations for the U. Alimatu had never before spoken about her own experience of undergoing FGM at age 16 — or the ripple effects the procedure had on every part of her life since — but was prepared that day to talk about it for the first time in a meeting with other campaigners.
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Female genital mutilation FGM , also known as female circumcision, is a procedure that removes part or all of the external female genitalia. It is generally performed as part of a ritual. Female genital mutilation is carried out on girls between infancy and puberty. It is largerly a traditional circumcision most likely without anesthesia.
On a visit to Djibouti Horn of Africa in , I came upon a report on female genital mutilation prepared by a French doctor attached to the Foreign Legion. It recorded how the child aged between years old would be held down by her mother and aunts while the gede grandmother sliced off the head of her clitoris with a knife, or a often just a rusty razor. Infibulation was also frequently performed when the labia were cut and the edges sewn together with thorns.