FGM harms women's physical and emotional health throughout their lives. A study in Ghana found that in four percent said they had not undergone FGM, but in said they had, while 11 percent switched in the other direction. Egypt bans infibulation in state-run hospitals; allows partial clitoridectomy if parents request it. An Interagency StatementGeneva: Dahabo Musa, a Somali woman, described infibulation in a poem as the "three feminine sorrows": Vaginal syphilis disturbing image. Public Health Reports Washington, D.
He argued that surveys taken before and after this sharing of information would show very different levels of support for FGM.
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Deinfibulation refers to the practice of cutting open the sealed vaginal opening in a woman who has been infibulated, which is often necessary for improving health and well-being as well as to allow intercourse or to facilitate childbirth. El Dareer, Asma United Nations Children's Fund, February Since the United Nations has called upon healthcare providers to stop performing all forms of the procedure, including reinfibulation after childbirth and symbolic "nicking" of the clitoral hood. Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure.