A 40-year-old member asked:
why isn't female circumcision as wide-spread as male circumcision?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Simon Kimm answered
15 years experience Urology
Traditions, laws.: Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation, as categorized by the who, is performed in relatively few countries in africa & the arabian peninsula. It is outlawed in many western countries due to the harm it inflicts & its many late complications. Male circumcision is common in the christian, muslim, & judaic traditions. It is therefore widespread with nearly 30% worldwide prevalence.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
There is never a : Medical indication for female genital mutilation. And although some physicians would argue against this, there are at least some times when a male circumcision is medically indicated. Male circumcisions are generally not associated with horrific outcomes. Female genital mutilation is - and has been banned in many countries (at least until age 18 years old).
Answered on Oct 1, 2013
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