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Labia reduction for non-therapeutic reasons vs. female genital mutilation: contradictions in law and practice in Britain.

Reprod Health Matters. 2010 May;18(35):106-10.

Labia reduction for non-therapeutic reasons vs. female genital mutilation: contradictions in law and practice in Britain.

Berer M.

Reproductive Health Matters, London, UK. mberer@rhmjournal.org.uk

“…In the 26 May 2007 edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), two British psychologists reported that the numbers of requests from women for surgery to alter the appearance of their genitals, especially the labia, were increasing.1 In examining this phenomenon, the authors asked: how should health care providers respond to requests for this surgery? From this and other literature on this subject, a picture emerges of a growing number of women, many of them very young, who have been led to believe something is wrong with their genitals. According…”

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