Nursing care of women who have undergone genital cutting
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.