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Clinical Guide: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

After yesterday’s post I received a request from an FHO reader for more resources on caring for patients who have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting (literature seems to be divided on the proper terminology so I am using both here). Not surprisingly, there isn’t a huge amount of clinically-focused information out there, and much of it is specific to obstetrics. I rounded up what appeared to be the best and most current articles and clinical guidelines (mostly free full-text) and included links to previous FHO posts addressing the same topic. As always, it’s not exhaustive (I opted to leave most of the obstetric-specific information out), but hopefully it’s useful.

Organization/Agency Clinical Guidelines:

Clinical Practice Guideline: Female Genital Cutting (The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, November 2013)

Female Genital Cutting: An Evidence-Based Approach to Clinical Management for the Primary Care Physician (Mayo Clinic Proceedings, June 2013)

Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors (American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010)

Female Genital Mutilation and Its Management (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, May 2009)

Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Educational Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Staff (2006)

{See also: World Health Organization: complete listing of related publications}

Journal Articles:

Obstet Gynecol Int. 2013;2013:496564. doi: 10.1155/2013/496564. The obstetric consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Berg RC, Underland V.

BMJ. 2012 Mar 14;344:e1361. Female genital mutilation: the role of health professionals in prevention, assessment, and management. Simpson J1, Robinson K, Creighton SM, Hodes D.

Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Summer;1(3):135-9. Female genital cutting: a persisting practice. Nour NM.

Book Chapter:

Bennett, S. (2011). Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. In Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Evidence (Jenny, C., Ed.). Elsevier, St. Louis, MO.

Previous FHO posts:

Printable link: Clinical Guide Female Genital Mutilation