Research gaps in the care of women with female genital mutilation: An analysis

J. Abdulcadir, M. I. Rodriguez, L. Say

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitals for non-therapeutic reasons. They can have negative psychosexual and health consequences that need specific care. In this paper, we review some key knowledge gaps in the clinical care of women with FGM, focusing on obstetric outcomes, surgical interventions (defibulation and clitoral reconstruction), and the skills and training of healthcare professionals involved in the prevention and management of FGM. We identify research priorities to improve the evidence necessary to establish guidelines for the best multidisciplinary care, communication, and prevention, and to improve health-promotion measures for women with FGM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-303
Number of pages10
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Clitoral reconstruction
  • defibulation
  • female genital cutting
  • female genital mutilation
  • female genital mutilation/cutting
  • obstetric outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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