NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 8, 2012) - A new article reveals shocking statistics about the issue of female genital mutilation in the United States. The piece explains that instances of female genital mutilation are on the rise in the U.S., and are increasing as the immigrant population grows. According to the article, based on reported cases in 2000, it was estimated that 230,000 women and girls had undergone or were at risk of undergoing genital mutilation in the United States. This was a 35 percent increase from rates in 1990. Many of these victims must undergo extensive surgery to try to correct the mutilation they've suffered. Dr. Robert Rho is a cosmetic gynecological surgeon that often handles reconstructive surgery involved in genital mutilation cases. He believes that this surgery gives hope to the women and girls who have suffered.
The article explains that thousands of young immigrant girls in the United States experience genital mutilation at the hands of their own parents. The practice is called female circumcision, and it involves removing part or all of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The piece explains that many times this practice is performed without the use of anesthesia. There are several reasons for the procedure, some of which include the preservation of virginity, faithfulness to a husband, initiation into womanhood, and a variety of superstitious beliefs.
In New York, physicians frequently deal with complications that come from the female genital mutilation process. According to the article, the doctors handle a combination of detrimental physical effects like post-traumatic stress and severe infection. There is also the chance of death, as well as complications with menstruation and childbirth.
Action is underway to stop female genital mutilation in the United States. On August 10, 2012 President Obama issued an executive order that directs U.S. departments and agencies to implement the Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. This will include cracking down on human trafficking, sexual violence, early and forced marriage, and genital mutilation.
Events like the Restoring the Rose Walkathon in New York City aims to raise awareness about the issue, as well as to raise funds so victims are able to get clitoral reconstructive surgery.
Robert Rho is a cosmetic gynecological surgeon that is familiar with this type of procedure. He knows how devastating female genital mutilation is, and how involved the surgery to correct the procedure is. Dr. Rho says, "Genital mutilation can be a challenge to correct surgically. Cases are treated on an individualized basis."
To continue the fight against female genital mutilation in the United States, international nonprofit organization Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation established a branch in New York. According to the article, the group is the oldest international organization to work exclusively on preventing female genital mutilation. The group has hosted several events to raise awareness and encourage discussion on the topic.
Dr. Robert Rho is a New York-based cosmetic gynecological surgeon with over eighteen years of professional experience. Robert Rho is board-certified and performs an array of cosmetic surgeries that enhance the look of many body areas. Dr. Rho has successfully performed hundreds of labia reduction, clitoral hood reduction, vaginal rejuvenation, and hymen repair surgeries.