Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation is defined by the World Health Organisation as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons".  It is also sometimes called Female Circumcision.

It is most commonly, but not exclusively, carried out in African communities, as well as some Middle Eastern and Asian cultures.

FGM is carried out for reasons of tradition, family honour, to ensure virginity is preserved and to increase sexual pleasure for the man.  Most commonly it is carried out on girls between four and ten years old but this can vary widely and can occur soon after birth and throughout adulthood.

The consequences of FGM can include chronic pain, recurrent infections, the growth of cysts, infertility, and increased risk of new-born death.

Women within these communities often believe that FGM is necessary and are not aware that not only is it not practised in most of the world, but in many countries, including the UK, it is illegal.

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