Are there any health benefits associated with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?
According to the WHO, FGM has no health benefits, only harm. FGM harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies.
Generally speaking, risks of FGM increase with increasing severity (which here corresponds to the amount of tissue damaged), although all forms of FGM are associated with increased health risk.
Immediate complications can include:
• severe pain
• excessive bleeding (haemorrhage)
• genital tissue swelling
• infections e.g., tetanus
• urinary problems
• wound healing problems
• injury to surrounding genital tissue