Female Circumcision Essay

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Female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, is most common throughout many African countries. It is least common in North America. The main reason for female circumcision to be done in the North American countries is because of the immigrants who come to North America and continue to practice their religious and cultural beliefs. For this reason many people throughout that continent are left in the dark over the controversy the subject of female circumcision is making and has been making for many years. One major reason that female circumcision is so controversial is that it is not very hygienic and many health risks come with it. Since there are no known health benefits that come from female circumcision, many people think that it is cruel to do that to a women or girl. This becomes especially true when you add in the factor about all of the health risks. A few risks come right away with this procedure, such as “severe pain, shock, hemorrhaging (bleeding), tetanus or sepsis (bacterial infection), urine retention, open sores in the genital region and injury to nearby genital tissue.” (Female Genital Mutilation, Who.int) Some long term health risks include “recurrent infections, chronic pain, cysts, an inability to get pregnant, complications during childbirth and fatal bleeding.” (Female Genital Mutilation, Wikipedia). Along with all these risks is the fact that with some procedures the vagina is almost completely closed, so later on in life the women will have to undergo multiple procedures so she can engage in intercourse and if she gets pregnant, she will have to be opened up for childbirth. This means that she may have to go through several opening and closing procedures, which increases her risk for immediate and long term health risks. (Paraphrased from Female Genital Mutilation, who.int) For some people, looking simply at all the health
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