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Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Published: 25/07/2017

This information is for you if you or anyone you know has undergone female genital mutilation or is at risk of having FGM. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who has been affected by FGM. FGM can have a lasting physical, mental and psychosexual effect on the girl or woman. It is recognised as a human rights violation and is illegal in the UK.

Information covered in this leaflet

  • What FGM is
  • What the different types of FGM are
  • The complications of FGM
  • What to do if you have had FGM
  • What deinfibulation is
  • What the options are if you have had FGM and you’re pregnant
  • Where you can find further information, care and support

This patient information is based on the RCOG Green-top clinical guideline Female Genital Mutilation and its Management which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used.

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