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Female genital mutilation: consequences for reproductive and sexual health
World-wide, female genital mutilation affects more than 80 million women and it is estimated that at least two million girls are mutilated each year. This paper describes the types of female genital mutilation performed and their effects on women’s physical and psychological health. Individual case histories are cited to illustrate these effects. A model of medical care, as provided at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow in response to a growing problem, is outlined.