Zambian Women in South Africa: Insights Into Health Experiences of Labia Elongation

@article{MartnezPrez2015ZambianWI,
  title={Zambian Women in South Africa: Insights Into Health Experiences of Labia Elongation},
  author={Guillermo Mart{\'i}nez P{\'e}rez and Mwenya Mubanga and Concepci{\'o}n Tom{\'a}s Aznar and Brigitte Bagnol},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  year={2015},
  volume={52},
  pages={857 - 867}
}
Labia minora elongation consists in the manual stretching of the inner lips of the external genitalia. This practice is documented in east and southern Africa. The experiences of African women in the diaspora practicing elongation are not thoroughly understood. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the health harms and benefits associated with this practice of Zambian women who have migrated to Cape Town, South Africa. Twenty women and seventeen men participated in this study… Expand
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