Cultural Awareness During Treatment of VVC

As with all gynecological issues, the practitioner is faced with cultural perceptions of female genitalia. In particular, practitioners are treating an increased number of patients who have undergone female genital mutilation. More than 100 million women and girls worldwide have undergone such procedures for cultural and religious reas-

ons. Female genital mutilation, formerly known as female circumcision, describes the intentional alteration or injury of female genitalia. Some authorities suggest using

the term "genital cutting" when dealing with patients to avoid appearing judgmental. Regardless of the terminology used, many immigrants are aware of common cultural views in the United States pertaining to female genital mutilation. Women who have undergone this procedure suffer acute and chronic complications. Within the scope of this chapter, the practitioner may find patients with female genital mutilation suffer from recurrent VVC due to inadequate drainage of vaginal fluids. Regardless of what the practitioner's opinion is about female genital mutilation, the practitioner must be sensitive to the patient's feeling and cultural values.

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