Female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation (FGM)), encompasses a painful and invasive surgical procedure which is usually performed on young women before they reach puberty. The surgical procedure is performed without the use of anesthetics (Circumcision Surgery). It covers all procedures that involve the removing of female genitalia, either partially or completely.
Female Circumcision Procedures
Female circumcision procedures have four main classifications. These are the following:
- Clitoridectomy – This procedure is performed by partially or totally removing the clitoris (Female Sexual Stimulants)– a sensitive and small erectile part of the female genitals (Aphrodisiac Supplements).
- Excision – This procedure involves the partial or complete removal of the labia minora (Labia Minora Wiki Page) and clitoris. Labia refers to the lips surrounding the vagina (Vaginal Surgery | Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery).
- Infibulation – This procedure creates a covering seal to develop a narrow vaginal opening. To form the seal, the outer or inner labia is cut and repositioned.
- Other procedures – These include all other procedures that may harm the female genitalia. Few examples are incising, cauterizing, scraping, piercing and pricking the genitals.