Nursing care of women who have undergone genital cutting

Scott-Tilley, Donna
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Female circumcision and genital cutting (FGC), commonly called female genital mutilation (FGM) affects millions of women but is poorly understood by many health care providers. FGM procedures intentionally alter the female genital organs for non-medical reasons and include partial or total removal of female genital organs. These procedures, which have no medical value, are usually done between birth and puberty. Health consequences vary in severity but can be devastating. Women with FGC may be reluctant to seek health care or disclose their condition to providers. Suggestions for culturally competent care of the woman with FGC are outlined, focusing on understanding the cultural beliefs and values of women who have undergone these procedures and providing informed and sensitive care.

Article originally published in Nursing for Women's Health, 19(5), 445–449. English. Published Online 2015.
Female genital cutting, Female circumcision, Culturally sensitive care
This is the pre-print version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Tilley, D. S. (2015). Nursing care of women who have undergone genital cutting. Nursing for Women's Health, 19(5), 445–449. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.