Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced for centuries, with some cultures believed to have practiced the practice for as long as 4,000 years.
It has now become the most commonly practiced form of female genital cutting, and has been linked to the spread of HIV and other diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2016, the rate of FGM in the United States surpassed that of the worldwide average.
The practice has been illegal since the 1990s, but there have been increasing numbers of prosecutions and convictions for FGM, as well as reports of the practice being linked to increased HIV transmission.
Female genital cutting is practiced by many people, and is sometimes used as a form of cosmetic surgery.
Many cultures have traditionally practiced the ritual, which involves cutting off the external genitalia of girls between the ages of 12 and 14.
Female circumcision is practiced in some Muslim countries, and it is commonly done by Muslims in some places in the world.
In some parts of the world, including Africa, female circumcision is often performed without anesthesia.
Many countries also practice partial or total amputation, or partial or complete removal of the clitoris.
The United States, Canada, and many European countries have strict laws against female genital mutilations.
The European Union, the United Kingdom, and other nations have also passed laws that prohibit some forms of FGC.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), female genital-cutting is the most common form of FGI in the Middle East, with 1.4 million girls being cut each year.
The WHO also estimates that 1.1 million girls under the age of 12 worldwide have undergone FGM.
FGM is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but it is not as common as it once was.
FGI is a very stigmatized and often misunderstood form of cutting, so it’s important to be aware of it.
You can find more information about FGM here.
FGC is also the second most common type of cutting in Asia, behind only genital mutism.
However, according to the WHO, FGC accounts for less than 1 percent of all FGM-related cases in the region.
While some cultures have historically practiced FGC, it’s now increasingly rarer to find it in their communities.
Some cultures also practice other forms of cutting including: Female genital piercing, or female circumcision; Female genital reconstruction; Female-to-male (F2M) transvestism; Female to female genital (FtF) sexual abuse; Female circumcision of female prisoners; and Female genital removal (FRE).
For more information on FGM and other forms, visit the CDC’s website.