Table 7: Observed anatomical description versus respondents’ answers to DHS FGM questions describing operation performed on external genitalia: area pricked, flesh removed, or area sewn closed.

Anatomical description of clitoris, labia minora, and labia majoraFrequency (%)
Genital area PrickedFlesh removedGenital area Sewn closedWHO type
(frequency)

Clitoris, labia minora, and majora all present
Clitoris partially removed with labia minora and majora present1 (8.3)12 (3)0Ib (14)
Clitoris totally absent with labia minora and majora present7 (58.3)107 (27.4)0Ib (129)
Clitoris partially removed, labia minora partially removed, and majora present010 (2.6)2 (40)IIb (11)
Clitoris partially removed, labia minora absent, and labia majora present04 (1)0IIb (5)
Clitoris absent, labia minora partially removed, and labia majora present0111 (28.4)0IIb (124)
Clitoris absent, labia minora absent, and labia majora present2 (16.7)130 (33.3)1 (20)IIb (149)
Clitoris absent, labia minora, and majora partially removed2 (16.7)4 (1)2 (40)IIc (6)
Clitoris absent, labia minora absent, and labia majora partially removed013 (3.3)0IIc (13)

Total12 (100)391 (100)5 (100)All types (554)