Table 2

Characteristics of the FGM/C procedure among women with FGM/C

Women with FGM/C, n=175
Type of FGM/C
 Flesh removed/cutting=type I or II37 (21.1)
 Suturing of body parts/sewn closed=type III11 (6.3)
 No removal of flesh=type IV46 (26.3)
 Do not know81 (46.3)
Age when FGM/C was done
 Within 1 week after birth101 (57.7)
Who was the decision maker
 Mother89 (50.9)
 Grandmother40 (22.9)
 Father7 (4.0)
 Two or more close family members30 (17.1)
 Other9 (5.1)
Who performed the FGM/C procedure
 Doctor or nurse38 (21.7)
 Midwife65 (37.1)
 Relative35 (20.0)
 Do not know35 (20.0)
 Other2 (1.2)
Where FGM/C was done
 Hospital or clinic41 (23.4)
 Midwife’s house8 (4.6)
 Home of participant99 (56.6)
 Home of relative4 (2.3)
 Do not know22 (12.6)
 Other1 (0.6)
Instrument used for the procedure
 Razor blade20 (11.4)
 Scissors30 (17.1)
 Surgical scalpel12 (6.9)
 Do not know111 (63.5)
 Other2 (1.1)
Type of analgesia used
 Full anaesthesia7 (4.0)
 Local anaesthesia25 (14.3)
 No anaesthesia55 (31.4)
 Do not know88 (50.3)
Complications when FGM/C was done
 None155 (88.6)
 Bleeding2 (1.2)
 Oedema and swelling5 (2.9)
 Severe pain1 (0.6)
 Urinary retention2 (1.2)
 Infection2 (1.2)
 Fever2 (1.2)
 Two or more of the above5 (2.9)
 Other1 (0.6)
  • Data are number (%).

  • FGM/C, female genital mutilation/cutting.