Female Genital Exploitation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there's no medical reason for this to be done.
It is also known as "female circumcision" or "cutting" and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others.
FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.
It's very painful and can seriously harm the health of women and girls. It can cause long-term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health.
Help and support is available if you have had FGM or worried that someone else may be at risk.
Getting help and support
All women and girls have the right to control what happens to their bodies and the right to say no to FGM.
Help is available if you've had FGM or you're worried that you or someone you know is at risk.
- if some one is in immediate danger, contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
- if you are concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- if you are under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask your GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
- if you have had FGM, you can get specialist help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service - ask your GP, midwife or any other healthcare professional about services in your area.