Addressing FGM with Multidisciplinary Care. The Experience of the Belgian Reference Center CeMAViE
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Purpose of Review
To describe the multidisciplinary approach of the Brussels-based referral center, one of the two centers for women living with female genital mutilation (FGM) in Belgium. This approach is contextualized and compared to the latest literature on the subject.
According to the World Health Organization, women who have undergone FGM should be able to benefit from multidisciplinary care. Clitoral reconstructive surgery appears to be a crucial but controversial element of this holistic treatment; its long-term benefits and role in sexual satisfaction are still the focus of many questions.
Clitoral reconstructive surgery has been reimbursed by Belgian social security since 2014 only in conjunction with multidisciplinary care. In our referral center, the care is provided by a gynecologist, a midwife, a psychotherapist, and a sexologist. Five preoperative consultations are mandatory to obtain the refund. CeMaVie’s first line of treatments is non-surgical therapies.
KeywordsFemale genital mutilation Gender-based violence Multidisciplinary care Clitoris reconstructive surgery Sexology Psychotherapy
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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