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Clitoridectomy is the surgical removal of the clitoris. It is rarely needed as a therapeutic medical procedure, such as when cancer has developed in or spread to the clitoris. Most removals of the clitoris occur as female genital mutilation, defined by the World Health Organisation as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.".
- ↑ World Health Organization (2006-06-02). New study shows female genital mutilation exposes women and babies to significant risk at childbirth. Press release.
- ↑ Duffy, John (October 19, 1963). Masturbation and Clitoridectomy: A Nineteenth-Century View. JAMA 186 (3): 246–248.
Female genital mutilation
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