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Psychological impacts of FGM

The impact of FGM and its consequences on women from childhood to later life
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Now we are going to think of some of the psychological consequences of FGM

“According to the datasets 16% of the respondents may suffer from PTSD while one-third reported symptoms related to depression or anxiety. The following factors appear to [influence the incidence of] psychopathological problems: the type of mutilation (infibulations goes along with more symptoms), the age [at] which it was done, clearness of the memory and the use of drugs [during FGM]. “

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FGM consequences can impact a woman throughout her life:

Wheel showing effects of FGM on girls from childhood to later life

Diagram from the Orchid Project

Further activity :

Watch: a video from survivors describing how FGM has impacted their lives

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Health, Law, and Socio-Cultural Sensitivity

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