Back to Health A to Z. Female genital mutilation FGM is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there's no medical reason for this to be done. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting, and by other terms, such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others.
She just thought it was how unmarried girls who had never had sex 'looked'. Then she saw a picture of a woman who had been circumcised - her clitoris cut out, her labia cut off and her vagina sewn up - and knew, in that moment, she had been mutilated. Scroll down for video.
Jump to navigation. They promise you a chocolate, a movie or just an outing; they take you instead to dingy, dark room, pin you to a bed, take off your pants and cut that tiny part of you that was eventually supposed to make you experience one of the greatest pleasures of being a woman. With blades, knives or anything remotely sharp and long, they cut off your clitoris, and say it's in the name of culture.
Female genital mutilation FGMalso known as female genital cutting and female circumcision[a] is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, FGM is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond. In half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.
Meiwita Budiharsana does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Female genital mutilation FGMan ancient tradition of cutting, scraping, piercing or nicking of genitals of young girls, was believed to be practised predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. In recent years, medical practitioners have been increasingly performing FGM, institutionalising the ritual into medical practice.
The World Health Organization WHO defines FGM as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. These are all terms used to refer to the practice of removing part of female genitalia for non-medical reasons:. How many types of FGM are there and what do the different procedures entail?
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the erroneous belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized 1. WHO strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.