20 January Update
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice carried out on girls in some countries. It is the ‘cutting’ or ‘closing; of the female genitals for no medical reason.
FGM is also known as: circumcision; excision; gudniin; sunna; halalays; qodiin; khitan; thara; ibi ugwu; khifad; tahoor; absum; megrez; bondo; kutairi; mekhnishab; fanadu di mindjer; kuyango and niaka.
FGM causes harm and has no health benefits. FGM violates the human rights of women and girls.
It is illegal to perform FGM in Ireland and to take a girl out of Ireland for FGM.
IFPA FGM Treatment Service
The IFPA provides free specialised medical care and counselling to women and girls in Ireland who have experienced FGM.
What is involved?
Our doctors can help you with pain and infection. We can also give you information about FGM and pregnancy. Some women may need surgery to relieve their symptoms.
We know FGM can be difficult to talk about. You can speak to a counsellor about your feelings and experiences in a safe, confidential and private space.
You can speak about pain and trauma you have experienced, sexual experiences and sexual needs, relationships and other issues.
Our counsellors can help you think about your past experiences as a woman and your plans and hopes.
Translation services can be arranged where requested.
The FGM Treatment Service is free and can be used as many times as needed. The service is based in our Dublin City Centre clinic. To make an appointment, call 01 872 7088.
Due to the recent and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, we have introduced some new measures to protect you during your care.
We are still providing FGM treatment. However, there will be two parts to your care.
Your first appointment with the doctor will take place by telephone. The doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and your experience of FGM. The phone call will take 15-30 minutes.
Getting care by telephone is new for most people. It helps to be prepared. Try to have the phone call somewhere private, where you won’t be interrupted. Have a pen and paper with you. Make sure your phone is charged. If English is not your first language, we will use a phone interpreter service.
Your second appointment will take place in the clinic. To keep you and our staff safe, this will be a short appointment (15 minutes or less).
If you have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19, are awaiting a test result, or are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, you should not attend the clinic. Please contact us and we can discuss how best to provide you with the care you need.