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Myths and Facts About FGM


Myths and Facts About FGM

In most FGM-affected communities, there are myths that support the practice, which tend to influence people’s attitudes about FGM. Here is the truth about these myths:

MYTH FACT
An uncut woman will become promiscuous and have an uncontrollable sexual appetite FGM makes no difference to a woman’s sexual appetite but can stop her from enjoying sex. Sexual appetite mainly arises from hormones secreted by glands in the brain
If the clitoris is not cut, it will continue to grow. The clitoris stops growing after puberty and is still small at the final stage of growth.
If the clitoris is not cut, it will harm her husband during intercourse The clitoris gives a woman sexual pleasure and does not cause any harm to her or her husband
If the clitoris is not cut, it will harm the baby during delivery The clitoris causes no harm to the foetus, the baby or the mother, whereas FGM may cause serious complications during childbirth
If a woman does not undergo FGM, she will not be able to have children FGM has nothing to do with fertility; and FGM may actually cause infertility because of infections
If a woman does not undergo FGM, her genitals will smell FGM will not make the vagina any cleaner. In fact, Type 3 FGM can make the vagina less hygienic.
An uncut woman will become psychologically and physically “soiled” and can not be in the presence of a woman who has been cut, or have a normal life in society. FGM has nothing to do with life in society and the woman can have a normal life and be with other woman, who have been cut. The eventually problem that FGM could cause is make the woman close in on herself because of the view that society has about her.