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Egyptian Female Genital “Norm” and Female Genital Self-image

8 June 2021

Publication Date
08 june 2021

Original Abstract

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is an ancient Egyptian practice. Its impact on genital self-image has not been thoroughly investigated. Many studies explore its effect on sexual function, however, its effect on genital self-image is not fully explored. This study determined whether FGM/C is still a “norm” and to assess its impact on genital self-image. Sexual function and genital self-image were assessed using the Arabic version of the Female Sexual Function Index (AVFSFI) scores and Arabic version of the female genital self-image scale (AVFGSIS), respectively. A cross-sectional survey of 1952 women was conducted. Data were gathered through personal interviews and examinations to identify the type of FGM/C. There was a statistically non-significant difference in AVFGSIS scores between type I, II FGM/C and non-FGM/C (P > 0.05). Comparison of different AVFSFI domains with the total score on the AVFGSIS revealed a non-significant correlation with each domain (all P-values > 0.05). The overall female genital self-image was not affected, in spite of, the presence of a negative correlation between type II FGM/C and sexual satisfaction (P < 0.05). FGM/C is still considered the “norm” in the modern world.

Mohammeda, G.F., Hassan, H. & Hassan, A. (2021). Egyptian female genital “norm” and female genital self-image. Sexologies. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2021.05.001

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AVFGSI scale, AVFSFI score, female genital mutilation/cutting, female genital self-image, norm, self-image, vulvar anatomy, clitoris, FSFI score


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