The psychological impact of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on girls/women’s mental health: a narrative literature review

  title={The psychological impact of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on girls/women’s mental health: a narrative literature review},
  author={Peggy Mulongo and Caroline J. Hollins Martin and Sue McAndrew},
  journal={Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology},
  pages={469 - 485}
Background: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is the procedure of removing healthy external genitalia from girls/women for socio-cultural reasons. There is much scientific literature on the adverse physical health complications that can result from having FGM/C, but little is known about its psychological impact and treatment. Objective: To identify psychological problems that may follow from a woman having FGM/C and success of treatment herein, and relate findings to the role of the… 

The effect of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) on girls/women’s mental health: a case–control study in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

FGM/C was a risk factor for a higher chance of presenting symptoms of mental disorders and being in an age group of 30–40 years had a significant effect on presenting the symptoms ofmental problems.

Cognitive–Emotional Aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Context of Female Genital Mutilation

Around 200 million women and girls worldwide are affected by female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). FGM/C is a procedure that harms or alters the external female genitals for non-medical reasons,

The relationship between female genital mutilation and post-traumatic stress disorder with rural girls : Implications for Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice

The study finds that there is a significant correlation between FGM and PTSD within this sample of females, and it is concluded that FGM is a worldwide health issue as a result of international migration.

Polyvictimization and mental health consequences of female genital mutilation/circumcision (FGM/C) among Somali refugees in Kenya

Logistic regression analysis revealed that separation from a parent and poly-victimization experiences were significantly associated with FGM/C experience, and showed that Fgm/C and other traumas did not occur singly but were indicative of cumulative adversities, especially for women who were socially vulnerable and marginalized.

Escaping social rejection, gaining total capital: the complex psychological experience of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) among the Izzi in Southeast Nigeria

Background While the deleterious effects of FGM/C on physical health are well documented, the psychological experience of this harmful practice is a neglected area of research, which limits global

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting among Somali Women in the U.S. State of Arizona: Evidence of Treatment Access, Health Service Use and Care Experiences

Background. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is associated with adverse sexual, reproductive and psychological sequelae. The aim of this study was to quantitatively explore factors related


The research reveals that FGM/C has resulted to several problems such as: sexual and reproductive health problems/concerns, which is a sine qua non for health practitioners and policy makers respectively in order to meet the needs of the affected population.

Understanding the motivations of health-care providers in performing female genital mutilation: an integrative review of the literature

This integrative review identifies, appraises and summarizes qualitative and quantitative literature exploring the factors that are associated with the medicalization of FGM and/or re-infibulation in countries with high prevalence of this practice as well as in countries hosting immigrants from these regions.

The psychological and social impact of female genital mutilation: A holistic conceptual framework

Objectives: The current research aimed to gain an understanding of women’s experiences of FGM to develop an evidence based holistic conceptual framework for professionals dealing with the impact of

Effect of female genital mutilation on mental health: a case–control study

  • Bakhtiar PirooziC. Alinia Arian Azadnia
  • Medicine, Psychology
    The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception
  • 2020
Women who suffer from FGM/C are more vulnerable to mental health disorders such as depression, and a multivariate logistic model with odds ratios showed.



Psychological, social and sexual consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C): a systematic review of quantitative studies

Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) commissioned the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (NOKC) to conduct a systematic review about the consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting

Impact of psychological disorders after female genital mutilation among Kurdish girls in Northern Iraq

Within the circumcised group, a mental health problem can be diagnosed that may constitute the first evidence for the severe psychological consequences of juvenile girls’ genital mutilation.

Pleasure and orgasm in women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).

The present study reports that FGM/C women with sexual dysfunctions can and must be cured; they have the right to have an appropriate sexual therapy.

Female genital mutilation and its effects: Implications for counselling

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision as it is generally called is an age old traditional practice in many countries including Nigeria. The practice was based on certain beliefs, one

Posttraumatic stress disorder and memory problems after female genital mutilation.

A mental health problem exists that may furnish the first evidence of the severe psychological consequences of female genital mutilation within the circumcised group, and this pilot study suggests this problem may be accompanied by memory problems.

Female genital mutilation: Cultural and psychological implications

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practised in several regions of the world. It is often associated with physical, psychological, sexual and social sequelae. Migration of persons from

Impact of female genital mutilation on sexual functioning, self-esteem and marital instability of women in Ajegunle

This cross-sectional research examined the impact of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on marital instability, self-esteem, sexual functioning and marital satisfaction of women. A total of 99 women

The impact of female genital cutting on health of newly married women

  • A. ElnasharR. Abdelhady
  • Medicine
    International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • 2007