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Health Problems Caused by Female Genital Cutting

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a young woman lying with her eyes closed while bleeding heavily

These problems may happen right away, or in the first week:

  • heavy bleeding
  • infection
  • shock from severe pain, bleeding, or infection
  • problems with passing urine

All these problems are extremely dangerous. Get help right away.

These problems may happen later, and can last for many years:

  • problems with monthly bleeding
  • problems with sex
  • problems during and after childbirth
  • leaking urine and stool
  • being unable to get pregnant (infertility)
  • lasting pain
  • mental health problems
  • the illnesses that come from HIV infection


This page was updated:11 Sep 2017