Slide show: Circumcision of the vulva – female genital mutilationBildspel: Omskärelse av snippan - könsstympning
Circumcision of the vulva (the external female sex organs) is also known as female genital mutilation. This means that someone has cut away or damaged part of the vulva. Help is available if you have been subjected to female genital mutilation and it’s affecting how you feel physically or emotionally. Note: graphic images!
What can it look like?
Female genital mutilation (female circumcision) can be done in different ways. Sometimes, the outer parts of the vulva have been damaged, or some part of them has been cut away. Sometimes, you can hardly see that anything has been cut. Here are some examples of what it could look like:
The vulva and vagina
Here you can read about the different parts of the vulva and vagina, and learn more about how your vulva and vagina work. The vulva and vagina are great parts of your body that can urinate, have periods, have sex, give birth to children and give enjoyment.