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What are the disadvantages of female circumcision?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
MANY DISADVANTAGES: No health benefits, only harm fgm has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. Immediate complications can include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage (bleeding), tetanus or sepsis (bacterial infection), urine retention, open sores.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Clitoris, major erotic sensory area of penis is ampuated. Thus female circumcision is female genital mutilation and considered a criminal act in all civilized cultures & countries.
Sep 14, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
In 1980, terminology: Changed from female circumcision to female genital mutilation (fgm) in many places. Female genital mutilation can lead to death, severe chronic pain, hemorrhage, urinary retention, urinary tract infections, keloid scars, strictures, fistula, incontinence, infertility, painful intercourse, painful periods, neuroma, recurrent infections, septicemia, transmission of hepatitis, tetanus, HIV & >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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& difficulty with childbirth. Many girls & women suffer from anxiety and depression related to the practice.
Sep 18, 2013

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a female circumcision?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
NO ADVANTAGES - WHO: No health benefits, only harm fgm has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. Immediate complications can include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage (bleeding), tetanus or sepsis (bacterial infection), urine retention, open sores.
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What is female circumcision?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Criminal Offense: If so called female circumcision describes amputating the clitoris and sometimes partially sewing the vaginal opening closed. In this case, the point is to prevent a woman from having any genital sexual pleasure. Some physicians trim part of the clitoral hood, to expose the head or glans clitoris to make it more sensitive. That is legal, whereas the ampuating the clitoris is a criminal act.

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