Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting National Education Toolkit in Australia
The National Education Toolkit for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Awareness

Can infibulation be reversed?

Yes, infibulation can be reversed. It is a simple medical procedure, carried out under anaethesia, to open the area that has been sewn up. This surgical reversal is called deinfibulation. Deinfibulation can be requested at any time, but is commonly undertaken prior to marriage, before or during pregnancy or at childbirth. After the delivery of a child it is illegal in Australia for the attendant to resew the labia together again, except in special circumstances. As such, birth generally leads to deinfibulation.

Currently, once the clitoris has been removed it cannot be restored.

Common questions about Female Genital
Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C)

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