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Sociodemographic factors associated with female genital cutting among women of reproductive age in Nigeria
Authors: Ojo TO, and Ijadunola MY
Source: European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 22(4):274-279. doi: 10.1080/13625187.2017.1328048
Topic(s): Female genital cutting (FGC)
Country: Africa
  Nigeria
Published: AUG 2017
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were to determine the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC) among women of reproductive age in Nigeria and identify the sociodemographic factors associated with the practice. METHODS: A secondary analysis of the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey was carried out in 38,948 women of reproductive age (15-49 years). RESULTS: The prevalence of FGC among respondents was almost 25%, most of whom (82%) had undergone the procedure when they were under 5 years of age. Traditional circumcisers performed 72.2% of all procedures. Type 2 was the common form (62.6%) of FGC. Almost a quarter of respondents (23.1%) wanted the practice to continue. Women aged 45-49 years were approximately twice as likely to have undergone FGC compared with women aged 15-19 years (odds ratio [OR] 2.41; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.99, 2.92; p?