Wluml dossier 3 June/July 1988 Sexual Mutilations

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3. Urinary Tract Infection

The removal of the labia majora and minora which protect the urethral opening exposes the opening to the outside world and can allow easy entrance of bacteria from the outside especially where the vaginal opening may have been damaged and tampered with. It is also possible for the urethral opening to develop scar tissue if it is damaged during the operation which makes it narrow and hence the urine may not be able to completely empty from the bladder and urethra during urination. Where body fluids remain static they become a rich area for bacterial growth. Urinary infection can spread from the urethra to the bladder up to the kidneys which become damaged, thus leading to high blood pressure (hypertension) and renal failure or cardio-vascular accident.

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