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Sexual Impacts of FGM

Describing the sexual impacts of FGM.
Sexual dysfunction is commonly encountered following FGM and can prevail throughout the course of a woman’s life.

Important complications following FGM include:

  • Painful sex
  • Difficulty reaching orgasm
  • Little or no enjoyment in sex
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Difficulty in arousal

Adapted from ‘Veiled Pain’.

These symptoms are complex in origin and are a result of both the physiological and psychological impacts of FGM. It is important to consider how sexual dysfunction can impact a woman’s life, especially with regard to her future relationships and social circles. This can, in turn, have enormous consequences on the mental health of an FGM survivor.

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

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