Sexual and reproductive health

WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation



Policy brief cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: May 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/16.04


Who is this policy brief for?

  • Policy-makers and Ministry of Health professionals
  • Health systems managers
  • Healthcare professionals

The guidelines provide current, evidence-based recommendations and best-practice statements on the management of health complications among girls and women living with FGM in the following domains:

  • De-infibulation for preventing and treating obstetric and urologic complications
  • Psychological support in the context of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders, and surgical procedures to correct complications from FGM
  • Sexual counselling for treating female sexual dysfunction
  • Information and education regarding FGM to women and health care providers

Full WHO guidelines