I’ve been subject to female genital mutilation. How can I get help? I’ve heard that I can have surgery. Must my parents know if I have this surgery? Girl, 17 years of age.
Good help is available to you. You can go to a Youth Guidance Centre (ungdomsmottagning), a gynaecological clinic or a health clinic (vårdcentral). You can talk to the school nurse if you are at school.
The Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm has a special clinic for women who have been subject to female genital mutilation. It is called the AMEL clinic (AMEL-mottagningen). You can go there even if you do not live in Stockholm. You can get help with both physical and emotional problems.
You are in your right to have a surgery if you wish and if it is necessary. The surgical procedure can remove painful scars, or it can dilate the genital area to make it easier for you to urinate and for menstrual blood to leave your body. The surgical procedure will also help if you currently find it difficult to have sex or enjoy sex. Another surgical procedure can build up your clitoris. You will be given more information when you seek help.
You do nott need to talk to your parents if you do not want to. You can get help and have a surgery without their knowledge.
You can always ask for an interpreter if you need one.