Caring for women who have undergone genital mutilation

Nurs Times. 2004 Jun 29-Jul 6;100(26):32-5.

Caring for women who have undergone genital mutilation

Daley A


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 …

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