Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
A women's health advocate in Somaliland has insisted undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) is not a requirement of her faith.
African support 'adds weight to UN FGM resolution'
Wednesday, 26th September 2012
Support from several African countries for a United Nations resolution banningfemale genital mutilation(FGM) across the world has been welcomed by a campaigner.
Victims of female genital mutilation(FGM) have a lower sexual quality of life, a new study has claimed.
A team at King's College London examined women from similar backgrounds to ascertain how the procedure had impacted on their sex lives.
The study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetricsand Gynaecology, concluded the sexual quality of life for those who had undergone FGM was "significantly lower".
Professor Janice Rymer, a gynaecology specialist at King's College London, said this is not a surprise and described FGM as a traumatic procedure that offers no health benefits.
"FGM is an abuse of women and we need to do all we can to eradicate the practice," she commented.
Professor Rymer noted that the procedure can lead to many health problems arising later on, including bleeding and infection, as well as death.
She added that while these physical problems have been identified in the past, the impact of FGM on the sex lives of victims has been "poorly understood".
Posted by Alexandra George