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What are some reputable support groups for incest survivors?

What are some reputable support groups for incest survivors?

Two 12 Step groups: You might want to consider attending a meeting of survivors of incest anonymous (sia) and/or incest survivors anonymous (isa) the most important difference is that anyone who has been a perpetrator is asked not to attend isa even if the perpetrator was also a victim of incest. ...Read more

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Female Circumcision (Definition)

Female genital mutilation effects 140 million females across the world. Done w or w/out anesthesia it may involve removal of 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 ...Read more


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Any support groups for pertussis?

Any support groups for pertussis?

Why?: You don't usually need a support group for an acute infection that you recover from. Support groups are for people with chronic infections. And if everyone got vaccinated, there would be no pertussis. ...Read more

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What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

12 steps: I love 12 step programs - the neutral one is positive anonymous 12 step program - any 12 step program would work. ...Read more

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What religions require male circ?

What religions require male circ?

Circumcision: Judaism and islam are the 2 largest religions that require male circumcision. ...Read more

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Where can I find a support group for survivors of sexual abuse?

Where can I find a support group for survivors of sexual abuse?

Also look here: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/child-sexual-abuse.

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Why don't doctors encourage mass vasectomy programs for young men to prevent teenage pregnancy?

Why don't doctors encourage mass vasectomy programs for young men to prevent teenage pregnancy?

Your kidding right ?: Reversal of this procedure,even with the best surgeons, is unsuccessful in a significant number of cases. To be helpful, the age group from 14-30 would be the primary target.Parents would not agree to do so for the teens, and the young adults would run the other way if approached. In short we can't get dog owners to neuter their pets, and we wouldn't get any takers for this idea either. ...Read more

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Will a pastor provide support for family members of those in icu?

Will a pastor provide support for family members of those in icu?

Usually: I believe a pastor, minister, priest, or rabbi has some duty to comfort those with a loved one in the icu. I do not believe they should be waiting in the icu, but some contact should be made. Make sure they know your loved one is in an ic unit! ...Read more

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Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Not only did I not: Learn about female genital mutilation in school but it was never mentioned in medical school, internship or residency. I received hundreds of hours in training in child sexual abuse - and it was never brought up there either. Kind of amazing considering that 140 million females (as young as a day old) have had their genitals mutilated. ...Read more

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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Are male circumcision and female genital mutilation equivalent?

Are male circumcision and female genital mutilation equivalent?

No way: Male circumcision is requirement by some religions & female so called 'circumcisions' by NO religions. Prevents phimosis in men, also reduces risk of UTIs in baby boys, easier to keep clean reduces & risk of STDs. In females is pure & simple mutilation as clitoris is amputated to prevent any future erotic sensation from sex or masturbation. Also severe risk of serious infection & hemorrhage. ? = ? ...Read more

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Is there a support group for children of drug-addicted parents?

Is there a support group for children of drug-addicted parents?

Yes: If either parent uses alcohol, the most well developed support group for this purpose is al-anon. If the addiction is to drugs, and no alcohol is involved, the less well developed support group nar-anon would be the best choice. If nar-anon is not available, codependents anonymous would also be useful. ...Read more

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Why do most teen group therapy groups gender-separate?

Why do most teen group therapy groups gender-separate?

Distraction: They do not want the teens to use the group as a dating environment. Also if the group discusses tough issues like physical or sexual abuse, the participant will not discuss this in front of the opposite sex. And in general, males and females relate and deal with problems differently. ...Read more

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Transgender fitness. Male to female. Women tend to be more flexible than men. Will hormone replacement therapy also increase my flexibility?

Transgender fitness. Male to female. Women tend to be more flexible than men. Will hormone replacement therapy also increase my flexibility?

Not really: Interesting question. This is technically possible, due to effects on ligaments, BUT, the effect would likely be quite minimal. Try yoga or stretching band exercises- these will probably work better. ...Read more

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Resources and network that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Resources and network  that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Communities: If you have not taken a look at AARP, they are constantly re-upping their game and have many wonderful resources. AARP.com You should also take a look at this PDF file ~ great information: http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.net/public/Resources/Brochures/docs/ResourcesforOlderAdults.pdf ...Read more

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Any support groups for kids who have a parent with cancer?

Any support groups for kids who have a parent with cancer?

Yes: As a parent of a childhood cancer survivor, i can relate to what you are going through. There are definitely support groups out there for parents depending on where you live. The american childhood cancer foundation and the american cancer society both have lists of parent groups. Sibling groups can also be helpful if a sibling is involved. It is helpful to talk with others with similar exp. ...Read more

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What's an active online support groups for depression?

What's an active online support groups for depression?

Google It: If you are using healthtap you understand a lot about technology. Type "depression support groups" in your browser and you will be amazed at the number of support groups you will find. A bit of advice: every support group has its own personality. Try out a few then chose the one that fits you best. Another source of support: national alliance on mental illness. www.nami.org. ...Read more

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Why do some people advocate for male genital mutilation aka circumcision?

Why do some people advocate for male genital mutilation aka circumcision?

USA: Land of choice: Because circumcision is required by numerous religions many believe circumcision improves quality of life. Many believe it is more hygienic. Many require circumcision for medical reasons (phimosis, paraphymosis, recurrent balanitis, etc), prevents the rare penile cancer, reduces risk of urinary infections in first year of life and the usa is a free country. Female circumcision is mutilation! ...Read more

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Male HPV. 3 female partners. Stances on contacting these former partners? Vaginal AND oral-only partners? Trust they are already getting proper care?

Male HPV. 3 female partners. Stances on contacting these former partners? Vaginal AND oral-only partners? Trust they are already getting proper care?

Probably no need: There is no need to inform them. Since 90% of all people get HPV, and at any time 30-50% of sexually active persons are infected, your partners are at no higher risk because you have been diagnosed. If any of your partners is quite recent (in the past 6 months) and if you have genital warts, tell them so they can be on the lookout for warts. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Female circumcision?

What is the definition or description of: Female circumcision?

It is mutilation: Female genital mutilation effects 140 million females across the world. Done w or w/out anesthesia it may involve removal of 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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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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What are the health benefits of male and female circumcision?

What are the health benefits of male and female circumcision?

NEVER, NEVER: I repeat - NEVER a health benefit from a female circumcision. It is barbaric. ...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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Please is there any benefit to female circumcision and what exactly is d reason for practicing it?

Please is there any benefit to female circumcision and what exactly is d reason for practicing it?

Depends on procedure: This can either be islamic fundamentalist genital cutting mutilation perfromed in certain primitive and backward communities. This is dangerous, illegal in all civilised countries and has no benefit other than parents or prospective spouse knowing that the woman is a virgin. Some call trimming hooded skin over head of clitoris female circumcision. This can increase clitoral sensitivity during sex. ...Read more

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Is there any benefit to female circumcision? If not, what exactly is the reason for practicing it?

Is there any benefit to female circumcision? If not, what exactly is the reason for practicing it?

Depends on procedure: This can either be islamic fundamentalist genital cutting or mutilation & clitoris is amputated & vaginal opening partially closed. This is dangerous, illegal in all civilised countries and has no benefit other than prospective spouse knowing that the woman is a virgin. Some call trimming hooded skin over head of clitoris female circumcision. This can increase clitoral sensitivity during sex. ...Read more

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I've heard that there's a high chance of you bleeding to death from female circumcision. Is this true?

Potentially: Since there is no medical indication for female circumcision, it is often done quickly and inappropriately by people with no training or experience -- using crude and unsanitary instruments. It is a sad, backward, uneducated and unfortunate world-wide occurrence that education and common sense have not been able to eliminate. ...Read more

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What is female circumcision?

What is female circumcision?

It is more properly : Referred to as female genital mutilation. 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. ...Read more

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What's the point of female circumcision?

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. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of female circumcision?

In the 28 countries : In the middle east and africa where it is actively practiced it is seen by many as important. It increases social status, makes a female marriageable, ensures virginity & fidelity & removes what is often viewed as filthy & ugly - female genitalia. It is also practices in a number of other countries. There are absolutely no medical benefits to female circumcision - it can lead to death, recurrent. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of female circumcision?

What are the disadvantages of female circumcision?

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. ...Read more

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How many woman out there had a female circumcision?

How many woman out there had a female circumcision?

Hopefully none in US: It is a criminal offense and banned in all civilised countries. There are still a few done in the middle east and north africa. There may be an occasional unfortunate woman who has immigrated or escaped to the us after undergoing female circumsision as a baby or later in chidhood. Have seen from somalia during 30 years as a pediatric urologist. Pediatric surgeon i know in cairo has repaired >100! ...Read more

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Why is female circumcision illegal but it is ok for boys?

Why is female circumcision illegal but it is ok for boys?

Torture vs hygeine: Female circumcision involves the removal of the penis equivalent (clitois) along with other nearby structures.It is thought that this would eliminate the risk of promiscuity by removing the pleasure center of sex. Male circumcision is not comparable. It removes part of the foreskin that occasionally traps the glans and may cause auto-amputation, infection, etc. ...Read more

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