Nurs Times. 2004 Jun 29-Jul 6;100(26):32-5.
Caring for women who have undergone genital mutilation
The term female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-therapeutic reasons. It is practised across all socioeconomic classes by a range of ethnic, cultural, and religious groups (Toubia, 1994; Momoh, 2000). The practice, which is also known as female circumcision, is irreversible and has no health benefits for the woman (Dorkenoo and Elworthy, 1996). Indeed it …