Can women derive sexual pleasure from intercourse after genital mutilation?

Genital mutilation is a barbaric procedure which is till date being practiced on thousands of innocent girls. According to World Health Organization, any procedure that removes the external female genitalia partially or fully, without any medical emergency are termed as genital mutilation.

 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The women who have been through the traumatic experience of genital mutilation are scarred for a lifetime. It also affects their personality, overall development and personal relationships. However, busting the sexual myths surrounding genital mutilation is very important for giving back the affected ladies the confidence they need.

Effect on mental and emotional health

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A woman’s sexual satisfaction depends on her physical, mental and emotional conditions. Genital mutilation generally happens in childhood. The memories may fade but their impact does not become obscure. The fright and trauma of such incident can prevent a woman from enjoying her sexuality later in life. She may feel violated by intimacy.

The sad truth is women who have been victims of this brutal rite of passage are afraid to speak out and address this problem. Their parents too fear being social outcasts and obey the age old barbaric norms of their community. Emotional counseling can help women to face their fears, accept the loss and move ahead with their life bravely.

Victims of genital mutilation believe that they will never be able to enjoy sex. The scary consequences of genital mutilation involve urinary tract infections, chronic pain, and vaginal infection, complications during childbirth, fatal hemorrhaging and epidermoid cysts.

Sexual pleasure can still be derived

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Lack of foreplay, medical complications, emotional distress and inexperience can be the reasons that may prevent you from enjoying a normal sex life. If there is pain during penetration you must go for a gynecological check up. Do not hide any facts from your gynecologist.

Women can also find ways to please themselves through masturbation. They can then guide their male partners for giving them pleasure. Your male partners should use different foreplay techniques for arousing you completely before penetration. Exercising the core muscles and vaginal muscles can also help in increasing sexual enjoyment.

Genital mutilation leaves indelible scars on the body and mind of women. They have to overcome emotional trauma to engage in sexual relationships and deriving pleasure from them. Foreplay and masturbation can help them in reaching orgasm.

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