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BJOG. 2012 Dec;119(13):1606-11. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12004. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Sexual quality of life in women who have undergone female genital mutilation: a case-control study.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesia, Trafford Hospitals, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. stefan.andersson@nhs.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the sexual quality of life of women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and compare them with a similar group who has not undergone FGM.

DESIGN:

Case-control study.

SETTING:

A large central London teaching hospital.

POPULATION:

A total of 73 women who had undergone FGM and 37 control women, who had not undergone FGM but were from a similar cultural background where FGM is practiced.

METHODS:

The women completed a questionnaire containing the Sexual Quality of Life-Female (SQOL-F) questionnaire.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

SQOL-F score.

RESULTS:

Women who have undergone FGM of any type have a significantly lower (P < 0.001) overall SQOL-F score than control women (mean = 62.44, SD = 27.93 versus mean = 88.84, SD = 13.73). Women who were sexually active and had undergone FGM type III differed the most from sexually active controls (P < 0.05) in their SQOL-F score. Women who were sexually inactive but who had undergone FGM reported significantly lower overall SQOL-F scores (P = 0.015) than sexually inactive controls, but were not differentiated by type of FGM.

CONCLUSION:

FGM significantly reduces women's sexual quality of life, based on the results of the SQOL-F questionnaire.

© 2012 The Authors BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2012 RCOG.

PMID:
23046483
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