Female Genital Mutilation

What are its consequences?

All types of FGM have harmful consequences for the health and well-being of infants, girls and women throughout their lives. The practice negatively impacts maternal and child health, increasing the risk of obstetric complications and neonatal deaths.

Immediate consequences

  • Severe pain
  • Shock
  • Haemorrhage
  • Urine retention
  • Infections like tetanus or sepsis

Long-term consequences

  • Chronic pain
  • Recurring bladder and urinary tract infections
  • Keloids
  • Fibrosis
  • Sterility
  • Psychological trauma