Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Prevalence of female genital cutting among Egyptian girls

Mohammed A Tag-Eldin, Mohsen A Gadallah, Mahmoud N Al-Tayeb, Mostafa Abdel-Aty, Esmat Mansour, Mona Sallem

Volume 86, Number 4, April 2008, 269-274

Table 4. Attitude of females to FGC

Factors Frequency %
Reasons support practice
Religious 5499 33.4
Cleanliness 3110 18.9
Cultural/social issues 2943 17.9
Chastity 2613 15.9
Evidence of feminist 513 3.1
No comment 1773 10.8
Reasons reject practice
Painful and unhealthy procedure 7079 53.9
Unnecessary for female 2298 17.5
No religious support 1628 12.4
Bad social habit 551 4.2
No comment 1576 12.0
Who performed FGC?
Physicians in their clinics 9713 49.7
Physicians in hospital 1485 7.6
Nurses 2032 10.4
Midwives 5726 29.3
Lay people 587 3.0
Consequences of FGC
No complications 14990 76.7
Mild complications (pain) 4260 21.8
Severe complications (bleeding) 293 1.5
Decision-maker
Mother 12742 65.2
Father 837 9.4
Family 4729 24.2
Others 235 1.2

FGC, female genital cutting.

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