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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Surgery Help For Victims of Female Genital Mutilation (Circumcision)

By August 10, 2010

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Dr. Marci Bowers, a Trinidad, Colorado surgeon famous for her work in gender reassignment surgery, is now helping women who have been victims of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision.

In some areas of Africa, it is part of the culture to remove the clitoris of young women.  It is believed that female circumcision will reduce promiscuity and while reducing sexual desire. This is typically very traumatic, and as it is done by elder women and not medical personnel, the risk of infection is high.  The end result is a decrease or absence of sexual pleasure, and an unusual physical appearance.

Dr. Bowers skills as a gender reassignment surgeon are more than appropriate to help these women.  Dr. Bowers is skilled at constructing female genitals from male genitalia and vice versa.  These skills allow her to rebuild the area of clitoral tissue that the African women lack, and restore a more natural appearance, and in some cases, sensation.

Approximately two dozen women have undergone the clitoris reconstruction surgery, which is only performed by a few surgeons worldwide.  It is estimated that 100 to 140 million women have been circumcised.

One woman indicated that she paid $1,700 for the surgery, travel expenses from Australia, lodging and other expenses to have the surgery.  She also said that she would spend her entire savings if necessary to feel whole just for one minute.

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