Partnerships between clinicians and communities will promote communication and optimal care. Another set of complications may manifest when women become sexually active. Although providers may wish that a patient with obstructive complications would agree to defibulation, they cannot make this decision for the patient. The term female genital cutting refers to a wide continuum of procedures that range from a symbolic nick to the removal of a great deal of tissue from the genital area. In our experience, many women, whether excised or infibulated, have no complaints related to their altered genitalia, and do not prefer that special attention be devoted to this issue. Back to Health A-Z.
The vaginal opening is reduced by removing all or parts of the external genitalia the clitoris, labia minora, and labia majora and sewing, pinning, or otherwise causing the remaining tissue to fuse together during the healing process.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
Female circumcision is illegal in several African and European countries and in Canada. FGM is carried out for various cultural, religious and social reasons within families and communities in the mistaken belief that it will benefit the girl in some way for example, as a preparation for marriage or to preserve her virginity. It has since persisted as a rationalised habit, long past the time when it was effectively abandoned by other developed nations. The operation is often performed without anesthesia and under conditions that are not hygienic. The physician can explain that to perform these surgeries on minors is illegal in the United States, and is currently considered, by many, to be a form of child abuse.