Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Medical Defibulation as a Possibility-the Experiences of Young Swedish- Somali Women.

Authors
  • Chavez Karlström, Anna1
  • Danielsson, Louise2
  • Dahlberg, Helena3
  • 1 Gothenburg and Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 2 Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Section of Health and Rehabilitation, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 3 Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
1848026–1848026
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2020.1848026
PMID: 33287677
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Purpose: Infibulation is the most pervasive form of female genital cutting. Infibulated women face difficulties such as obstruction of urine and menstrual blood flow, sexual problems, and birth complications, and may therefore need medical defibulation. This study explores the lived experiences of young migrant women from Somalia and their views on undergoing medical defibulation in Sweden. Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using phenomenological lifeworld research. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with nine young women originating from Somalia, now resident in Sweden. The interviews were analysed to reveal the meaning of the phenomenon of infibulation. Results: The essential meaning of the phenomenon is characterized by a limbo regarding both infibulation and defibulation. There is a strong desire both to handle the Swedish perspective on infibulation and to stay with the Somalian cultural values. These women are being exposed to a tacit tradition that makes it hard to relate to the possibility of medical defibulation. As a result, the women perceive the possibility to undergo medical defibulation as limited or non-existent. Conclusions: Healthcare professionals can be a support to encourage women in need of medical defibulation to reflect on traditional ideals concerning infibulation and defibulation.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times