Not My Daughter

February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

This practice involves cutting away the external genitalia (the labia "lips" and/or clitoris) of young girls. The cut edges of skin heal leaving a small opening over the vagina. The procedure does not provide any health benefits. The long term consequences often include difficulties with childbirth, sexual and psychological problems.

Author
Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD

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