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, you can phone or text the FGM Treatment Service confidential line on 085 877 1342.