Female genital mutilation: implications for clinical practice

Br J Nurs. 2017 Oct 12;26(18):S22-S27. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2017.26.18.S22.

Female genital mutilation: implications for clinical practice

von Rège I, Campion D


Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an established cultural practice in over 30 countries. It has no health benefits, carries a high risk of physical and psychological harm, and is illegal in many countries including the UK. A sensitive approach is required, both in the management of complications and prevention of this practice. This article discusses the prevalence and classification of FGM, and offers practical advice to nurses and midwives involved in general and obstetric care. Legal aspects, including safeguarding responsibilities and the mandatory duty to report FGM in England and Wales, are outlined.

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