Health Consequences



Immediate Reactions to the produre could result in Hemmorhage, sepsis( bacterial infection), shock, pain, potential HIV spread, Urine retention, open sores and injury to the genital tissue.

FGM interferes with natural proccesses of women and has long term effects(According to the World Health Organization) such as:

  • bladder and urinary tract infections
  • cysts
  • infertility
  • the need for later surgeries. The FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening is surgically changed to allow for sexual intercourse,childbirth, and sometimes stitched closed again afterwards
  • an increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths
  • Anemia
  • Kidney Damage
  • Pelvic Infections

However, there are some positive consequences of FGM, which include:

  • Prevention of vaginal cancer
  • Decreased female sex drive, to better match her husbands
  • Enhances sexuality
  • Prevention of sexual neuroses
  • Prevention of rape
  • Acceptance into society
  • Eligibility for marriage, considered an important role in society




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