FGM significantly reduces sexual quality of life, suggests new study
Women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) have a significantly lower sexual quality of life finds a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
FGM is defined as any procedure ‘involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia without medical reasons’.
This study, carried out by researchers at King’s College London, looks at the impact of FGM on the sexual quality of life of women who have undergone this procedure and compares them to a similar group of women who have not undergone FGM.
Seventy three women who had undergone FGM were compared to 37 women from a similar cultural background. Criteria for inclusion in the study included, women aged 16 or older, women who have undergone FGM, or to be from a cultural background where FGM is frequently practiced but not undergone FGM.
Sixty-three out of seventy-three (86.3 %) of the women whom had undergone FGM were from Somalia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Eritrea, whereas of the women who had not undergone FGM thirty-two out of thirty-seven (86.49%) were from Nigeria and Ghana. (continue reading...)