Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Health implications of FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) can have the following health implications.

  • Death
  • Severe pain and shock
  • Broken limbs from being held down
  • Injury to adjacent tissues
  • Urine retention
  • Increased risk of HIV and AIDS
  • Uterus, vaginal and pelvic infections
  • Cysts and neuromas
  • Increased risk of fistula
  • Complications in childbirth
  • Depression and post-natal depression
  • Psychosexual problems
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulties in menstruation
  • Trauma and flashbacks
  • Infertility