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WEST AFRICA: When Sex Becomes a Luxury

World  (tags: women, violence, fgm, female genital mutilation and cutting, clitoral reconstruction surgery, reconstructive surgery, genital repair surgery )

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Amid high demand from victims of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) for clitoral reconstruction surgery available in Burkina Faso, the procedure remains unaffordable for most. "The demand is very high in Burkina Faso and from neighbouring c


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Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 3:08 pm
During FGM/C the external tip of the clitoris is destroyed, leaving behind up to 10 centimetres of the embedded sexual organ.

Satisfaction with the surgery depends on why a woman wants it, said Ouagadougou-based surgeon Charlemagne Ouedraogo. “They [FGM victims] have lost something and feel incomplete at all levels.”

For women who want the surgery as a form of justice for a human rights abuse, Akotionga said the surgery can offer relief. But for those who seek sexual fulfilment the surgery can disappoint, he said. “Some 10 percent of the women do not recover sexual sensation because it is not always linked to FGM.”

Ouedraogo added: “Pleasure is relative because there are women who have not had the surgery who can still enjoy their sexuality. But there are others who are so wounded psychologically and physically they may benefit from the surgery.”


Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 3:09 pm
FGM/C victims are at risk for childbirth complications, crippling pain during urination or complete loss of sensation during intercourse, in addition to psychological distress. Lifelong genital itching, scarring, cysts, infections, infertility and urinary disorders are common, for which women have sought relief through genital surgery that did not involve clitoral repair.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 3:10 pm
...It is not a luxury but rather a reparation of justice...
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