Arousal »

… in various ways in preparation for sexual activity – in women the Vagina lubricates, the Clitoris swells, the breasts enlarge. In both, heart rate and breathing speed up and there is a feeling of being “turned on”. Without this arousal, sexual activity is possible but tends to be mechanical and without passion – like someone simply going through the motions. It is more likely that lack of arousal leads to other apparent sexual Dysfunction eg painful sex.

Arousal usually …

Female Genital Mutilation »

… , excision and infibulation.  In females, circumcision may involve removing the head of the clitoris or more extensive damage.

Excision can involve removal of the clitoris, prepuce and labia minora. Infibulation, also known as pharaonic circumcision, is the more drastic procedure.  It may be carried out at any age up until marriage, and can involve the amputation of the entire external genitalia. It is a particularly brutal and damaging practice often undertaken without …