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      FEMALE CIRCUMCISION DOES NOT REDUCE SEXUAL ACTIVITY
      By Emma Young
      New Scientist
      Tuesday, September 24, 2002
       
      http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992837
       
      Circumcised women experience sexual arousal and orgasm as frequently as
      uncircumcised women, according to a study in Nigeria.

      The researchers also found no difference in the frequency of intercourse or
      age of first sexual experience between the two groups of women. These
      findings remove key arguments used to defend the practice, they say.

      Friday Okonofua and colleagues at the Women's Health and Action Research
      Centre in Benin City studied 1836 women, 45 per cent of whom had been
      circumcised.

      During the operation, all or part of the clitoris and the labia are removed.
      Proponents of female circumcision claim it makes virginity at marriage and
      marital fidelity more likely. Opponents condemn it as dangerous and painful.

      The women filled in questionnaires, asking about their sexual history. The
      results show "female genital cutting cannot be justified by arguments that
      suggest it reduces sexual activity in women," write the team in BJOG: An
      International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

      Two million women

      Circumcision is common in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria and Sudan. It is
      often performed using crude, non-sterilised instruments.

      Okonofua's team also found that the circumcised women were more likely to
      have lower abdominal pain, genital ulcers and urinary tract infections.

      An estimated two million women and girls undergo genital mutilation every
      year. But in some regions, it is the women themselves who must be persuaded
      the practice is undesirable, say local health workers.

      Circumcision brings women respect from other members of the community,
      points out Sudanese women's health rights campaigner Nahid Toubia.

      Journal reference: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and
      Gynaecology (vol 109, p 1089)

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      RELATED LINKS:

      BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
      http://www.elsevier.com/locate/bjog
       
      Female Genital Mutilation
      http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/femgen/fgm1.htm
       
      Female Genital Mutilation, WHO
      http://www.who.int/inf-fs/en/fact241.html

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