Sexual and reproductive health

Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome

WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Number of pages: 7
Publication date: 2006
Languages: Arabic, English and French - Web only


Reliable evidence about the effect of female genital mutilation (FGM) on obstetric outcome is scarce. This study examines the effect of different types of FGM on obstetric outcome. It found that women with FGM are significantly more likely than those without FGM to have adverse obstetric outcomes. Risks seem to be greater with more extensive FGM.

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