Female Genital Mutilation


I was truly amazed to read about FGM. I did not realize this went on in other countries, as well as our country. I have been a nurse for 15 years and have never taken care of a female patient that had been through FGM, nor did we learn about it in nursing school. As a forensic nurse, you do have to be aware of these situations and that some cultures do continue to practice FGM. The nurse would be responsible for assessing the woman for any kind of complications the woman may suffer after having this done, whether it be during childbirth, ongoing infections, or dysmenorrhea. I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn about FGM and all the risks associated with it, and that the nurse must be culturally sensitive in these cases.


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