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Why isn't female circumcision as wide-spread as male circumcision?

Why isn't female circumcision as wide-spread as male circumcision?

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). ...Read more

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Female Circumcision (Definition)

Female circumcision is the cutting of the female genitalia according to the old cultural traditions of certain cultures, and usually involves injuring the clitoris. In the U.S. it is largely illegal and considered a form of violence against women. Across the world, this type of cutting is considered a human ...Read more


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What are the consequences of female circumcision? Death? Other?

What are the consequences of female circumcision? Death? Other?

The consequences....: 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 & difficulty with childbirth. This doesn't address the emotional damage & horror inflicted. ...Read more

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Is labiaplasty a type of female circumcision?

Is labiaplasty a type of female circumcision?

Absolutely not: This is a different procedure and is completely different. ...Read more

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Is male circumcision worse then female circumcision?

Is male circumcision worse then female circumcision?

Opposite is true: Male circumcision is a legitimate surgical procedure for removal of foreskin. Female circumcision is genital mutilation, includes amputation of clitoris ; banned in all civilized countries. Thus male circumcision is ok for religious, medical or even hygienic indications. Female circumcision is a crime. ...Read more

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Can you still have an orgasm if you have?A?Female circumcision?

Can you still have an orgasm if you have?A?Female circumcision?

Maybe: If the female circumcision was done to treat a hooded clitoris, then yes, and it should be even easier. If it was the barbaric 4th degree circumcision that is common in african and muslim countries, then it will be much harder. That awful procedure was designed to eliminate the woman's pleasure on the theory that they would have no reason to have sex with anybody else but their husband. ...Read more

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Is female circumcision only performed in undeveloped countries?

Is female circumcision only performed in  undeveloped countries?

Yes: Female circumcision is not a practice that is performed in industrialzed countries. It is not a routine procedure performed for any reason. ...Read more

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Is male circumcision worse than female circumcision or are they the same thing?

Is male circumcision worse than female circumcision or are they the same thing?

Two very different: Procedures. Female genital mutilation effects 140 million females done w or w/out anesthesia it may involve removal of the clitoral hood, clitoris, inner labia ; / or out labia with objects such as a razor, scissors, broken glass or knives. It can lead to severe chronic pain, problems with childbirth, hemorrhage, infections ; death. Infibulation is when the female's genitalia are sewn closed –. ...Read more

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Please explain why is female circumcision illegal, but male circumcision is not?

Female circumcision: Is mutilation because clitoris ; inner labia are removed. Girls or women can die from blood loss. Female circumcision is also frequently accompanied by sewing labia together to prevent sexual penetration until vagina is opened for marriage. There is no medical benefit for women.Sexual pleasure is denied them. Male circumcision involves only removal of foreskin ; has some potential medical benefits. ...Read more

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Is female circumcision still practiced legally by doctors in any countries in the world?

I agree with Dr. : Sudler. What is tragic is that even in countries where female genital mutilation (fgm) (more accurate terminology) is commonly practiced but has been legally banned- there are very few cases prosecuted. There is great opposition within those countries to banning fgm. It is interesting that after extensively researching which countries have no ban on fgm - I am only able to find gambia. >. ...Read more

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Female Genital Cutting (Definition)

Female genital cutting (female genital mutilation) is a procedure that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitals, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Female genital cutting is a human rights violation, and the ...Read more


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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more