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Would You Circumcise Your Baby Girl?

I had a discussion with my husband recently and I asked him about female circumcision among Igbos.

He said that as far as he knows most Igbo girls are still 'done' till today.

He also said that he is not against it and that if we ever had a daughter and I would want her to be circumcised he would not be against it either.

But when I asked two friends of mine (Igbo-women) who I know well enough to discuss such a delicate topic, they told me it is not done anymore among Igbos.

How is it then?

Can anybody tell me something about it?

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@bsanya: lol

can you leave her tou tou alone? gees!

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everybodyis against the circumcision of a female child!

Why is nobody against the circumcision of a baby boy?

Both are still babies now?

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No way! I will never do that

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My answer to your question is capital NO. I had 3 daughters already and I didn't circumcise them.

It is inhuman and old-fashioned!

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Female circumcision? In this millenieum?

Mba biko.

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Why don't you ask the people who circumcise their baby boys?

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Easy question, absolutely not! It is barbaric and serves no purpose.

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No, I won't. It is child abuse my daughter is not circumcise. Even though I know some muslim who are into it.

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as much as female mutilation is evil, the above statement is rubbish. risks of HIV infection in female circumcision is exactly the same as anyone who would go to hospital for ANY SURGERY or if having male circumcision/tribal marks done to you in the village.

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Unthinkable!

Why hurt a baby with unnecessary and painful procedure?

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NO. I would not do it for my daughter or recommend it for anyone.

The question you should ask yourself is: why do you circumcise a baby girl?  

No matter what the reason(s) are, the complications are more.

One is Dermoid cyst,haemorrhage and even the risk of HIV . These things are deadly.

There are still more.

So, think twice before you do it.

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One thinks such barbarism shud never have existed in the first place

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No,i wont even dream of it.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Anambra State, Nigeria.

The incidence of circumcision in 256 pregnant Nigerian Igbo women was 124 (48.4%).

This incidence increased with increasing social class (circumcision index (C.I), 0.06 to 16.50, for social class 1 to 5); was least among the least age range, 16-20 years (C.I, 0.45); and among the primigravidae (C.I, 0.36) compared to the grandmultipara (C.I, 4.43) (P < 0.05.).

Simple excision was the commonest type of circumcision, 122 (98.4%).

The genital introitus was mildly scarred in 48 (38.7%) respondents, moderately scarred in 47 (37.9%) and severely scarred in 29 (23.4%).

Ninety four (36.7%) of the respondents were not aware of their circumcision status, while 91 (96.8%) of the circumcised women had it performed during infancy.

On the question of continued practice of female circumcision in their villages, 43 (16.8%) respondents replied, "yes"; 138 (53.9%), "no"; 25 (9.8%) "Sometimes"; and 50 (19.5%), "don't know".

The incidence of episiotomy during delivery was similar for both circumcised, 47 (18.4%)and uncircumcised, 46 (18.0%) respondents (P = 0.05).

More uncircumcised respondents, 31 (12.1%) were sexually satisfied during intercourse than the circumcised, 11 (4.3%) (P < 0.05).

Of the 118 female offsprings of the respondents, 109 (92.4%) were not circumcised while 9 (7.6%) were.

Increased public enlightenment on the risks of female circumcision is expected to eradicate the practice by the next generation

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9473958

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@all

thank you for your replies. I think I did forget to make one fact very clear: I would never ever circumcise my daughter. Only over my dead body.

And yes, our son is circumcised. But only because of medical reasons. Even that one seems to be unnecessary in my eyes and brought a lot of trouble in our marriage.

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igbos, muslims, etc they are all to be stoned to death for doing such evil act. may all the people into this mutilation rot in hell.

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no i wouldn't. it is evil.

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To answer your question no I wouldn't.

I'm a woman in my 30's,Igbo and i'm not circumcised,why would I mutilate my own child?

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Its criminal and barbaric act

And long been abolished

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Your husband is very ignorant.

The statistics on FGM in the whole of Nigeria is so varied  and I hardly believe any of them but I can tell you that the practice is not as common amongst Igbos[b] today especially the educated and people under 45 of age[/b]

FGM is evil and ought to be treated as child molestation.

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in case you're based in the US, you and especially your husband can go to jail if you circumcise your daughter.

An Ethiopian man was charged to court some years ago for this exact thing.

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