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Physiological impacts of FGM

Looking at the physiological impacts of FGM
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Below you can find some of the physiological impacts of FGM. These can be divided into short and long-term consequences.

Short term Long term
Infections Urinary retention
Excessive bleeding Risk of fistula
Severe pain Problems with pregnancy and childbirth
Injury to adjacent tissue Difficulties with menstruation
Broken limbs from being held down Recurrent infections
Wound infections Scar tissue
Urinary problems Chronic pain
Death Infertility

Adapted from National FGM Centre article and WHO Article

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