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. 2004 Mar;84(3):291-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2003.06.001.

Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria


Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria

M U Mandara. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. .


Objectives: To determine the prevalence and distribution of female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures in a Nigerian population.

Methods: Five hundred consecutive women were evaluated for evidence of FGM. The WHO classification system was utilized. Demographic and sociocultural information was collected.

Results: Thirty-four percent of women were found to have some type of FGM. Type I and Type II procedures were the most common. Fifty-five percent of women were unaware they had FGM and 62% with FGM did not know the reason. Twenty-one percent of women said they were going to have FGM on their daughters.

Conclusions: FGM is still broadly practiced among ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria. Educational efforts need to be directed at eliminating this practice.

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