What is female genital cutting?

FGM. 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.
Genital Mutilation. Some ancient traditions are hard to stop. Female genital cutting is a barbaric, awful and potentially life threatening act used to control women. It involves removing the clitoris and some or all of the vulva without local anesthesia. It should never be done.

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Is female genital cutting (fgc) ever necessary?

No. If you are referring to female circumcision then the answer is no. This is a practice considered illegal here in the US. Read more...
No way, is criminal. What poor female needs to have her clitoris ampuated so that any future sexual pleasure is denied. Plus the urinary and vaginal complications. Read more...
It's never medically. Necessary. In the 28 countries in africa & the middle east where it's actively practiced it is seen as important. It's a way to ensure a female's virginity & fidelity especially when there is infibulation (external tissues are sewn together). Some consider female genitalia to be disgusting & dirty & fgm is seen as improving esthetics & enhancing purity. Some men find sex with infibulation more. Read more...

Why does a woman have a female genital cutting?

It is forced on them. Some ancient traditions are hard to stop. Female genital cutting is a barbaric, awful and potentially life threatening act used to control women. It should never be done. Read more...
FGM is used to. Ensure a female's virginity & fidelity, more so w infibulation (external tissues are sewn together). Some consider female genitalia disgusting or ugly & fgm is seen as improving esthetics & enhancing purity. Some men find sex with infibulation more stimulating -although it can be horrifically painful for the female. In some cultures females are viewed as un-marriageable w/o fgm & off-spring of >. Read more...

Is female genital cutting (fgc) practiced in united states?

No, criminal offence. Anyone with knowledge of anyone practicing fgc are duty bound to report it to the police. Perpetrators face prison, there is no justification for such mutilation. Knowledge of any parents living in the us who have had their daughters mutilated by fgc should immediately report family to department of child and family social services. Child will need care by apediatric urologist & should be adopted. Read more...
Female Genital . Mutilation or cutting. According to http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/female-genital-cutting.Cfm “some immigrants practice various forms of fgc in other parts of the world, including australia, canada, new zealand, the United States, and in european nations.” this practice is in no way condoned by medical societies in the us. Read more...

What symptoms typically go along with female genital cutting?

What's the cause? If the cause is self mutilation than this is not treated any differently by psychologists/psychiatrists than "cutting" in any other area of the body. This is a very serious sign of signifciant "emotional issues" and is often seen in teens in distress.Some cultures inflict genital "cutitng/mutilation" as a way to keep females "in line".And is deplorable but can be surgically remedied by a gyn. Read more...
FGM or cutting. Here is an article on female genital cutting i submitted and edited for health and human services and webmd: http://women.Webmd.Com/news/20000713/doctors-must-gain-better-understanding-of-female-genital-mutilation. Read more...
Cutting by self or ? Female genital cutting generally refers to female genital mutilation which the who, in a joint statement with other public health agencies, has classified into 4 categories. Types i-iii represent the more severe versions including clitoral resection and/or infibulation with closure of the vaginal introitus. Type IV includes self imposed cutting, shaving, etc alterations as well. Read more...
FGM. 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...

Can you please explain why female genital cutting is illegal?

Female Genital muti- Lation. Female genital mutilation is practiced on girls who are aged 4 to 10 in countries in the sub-sarahan, north-east africa, asia & the middle east. In yemen most girls are cut by the age 2 weeks old. It effects 140 million females across the world. It is done w or w/out anesthesia & variably can remove clitoral hood, clitoris, inner labia & / or out labia with objects such as a razor, >>. Read more...

Has anybody here actually been a victim of female genital cutting?

Painful & damaging. Ritual female genital mutilation is still widespread in many african countries, the middle east, and certain populations in indonesia, malaysia, and europe. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/ it is usually carried out between infancy and age 15. Reconstructive surgery is often needed. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_126174.html ptsd may result also. Read more...
Yes. According to http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/female-genital-cutting.Cfm “some immigrants practice various forms of fgc in other parts of the world, including australia, canada, new zealand, the United States, and in european nations.” please note that it is a felony to practice female genital mutilation on a female under age 18 in the us. Read more...

What are some health problems caused by female genital cutting (fgc)?

Incontinence. Might lead to infection, incontinence, bleeding, trauma, problem going to bathroom, problem having sex, painful menses - this is considered human rights issue you might get more resources at social services. Read more...
Urinary and vaginal. Most common urinary problem after fgc is urethral maetal stenosis (narrowing) due to scarring around and especially above the urinary maetus & urinary incontinence. Vaginal narrowing is a major problem, which if severe may cause retained menstrual flow. Will need to have vaginoplasty surgery to open vagina for intercourse. Scarred vagina liable to obstruct an obstetric delivery. Psyche probloms. Read more...

Awareness for fgm/c female genital cutting===what are the health risks?

Many. The immediate risks are bleeding and serious infection both of which can be lethal and pain. The longer term risks are scarring and chronic dysfunction leading to pain on intercourse, urinary tract difficulties and problems with labor and delivery. There is nothing to recommend this abuse which is not in the koran nor sanctioned by any health authorities. It is a social custom only. Read more...
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...