Cathleen M. Braddy, MD, was a Resident in the Division of Community Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, when this article was written and is now a Fellow in Women's Health, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, and an Instructor in Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN.
Female Genital Mutilation: Cultural Awareness and Clinical Considerations
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2007 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 158–163, March-April 2007
How to Cite
Braddy, C. M. and Files, J. A. (2007), Female Genital Mutilation: Cultural Awareness and Clinical Considerations. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 52: 158–163. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2006.11.001
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- cultural background;
- female circumcision;
- genital mutilation;
Clinicians in the United States are increasingly encountering girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation. To foster a more trusting relationship with such patients, health care providers must have an accurate understanding of the cultural background surrounding this practice, a working knowledge of the different types of female genital mutilation procedures that may be encountered, and an awareness of both the acute and long-term complications. Some of these complications are potentially fatal, and the correct clinical diagnosis can be lifesaving.