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[Need for more research on female circumcision. Lack of communication between women and men conserves the traditional practice]

Lakartidningen. 2001 Nov 21;98(47):5355-8, 5360.

[Need for more research on female circumcision. Lack of communication between women and men conserves the traditional practice]. [Article in Swedish]

Almroth L, Almroth-Berggren V, Bergström S.

Barnkliniken, Centralsjukhuset i Kristianstad. lars.almroth@hem.utfors.se

ABSTRACT

Several studies in cultures in which FGM is widely performed have shown an emerging questioning of the value of performing the procedure, especially among the younger generations. Traditionally the practice has been said to be carried out by women in order to satisfy men. Recent research findings, however, indicate that men may have attitudes and preferences strikingly different from what has been ascribed to them in the literature. Thus men may play an important and positive role in future work to counteract the practice. Reinfibulation after delivery implies repeated genital mutilation. Despite this, reinfibulation has attracted little research, and not very much is known about the practice. There is a need for systematic research about the extent of complications of FGM, especially long-term effects including effects on pregnancy, delivery and the newborn child. Our experiences from research on FGM in Sudan indicate that research findings might be very useful in intervention programs.

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