From Dr. Zarifa’s website circumcisions.co.uk:
“Female Circumcision for All Ages
Many parents want their daughters to be circumcised for health & hygiene, personal, social, cultural and religious reasons. Adult women also frequently perceive there are hygienic and sexual advantages to circumcision and choose to undergo the procedure for these reasons, often at the request of their husband or partner. The need to be circumcised can also arise when entering into another faith where it is obligatory.
Unfortunately, female circumcision is not available on the National Health Service unless there are pressing medical problems with the foreskin. Even then, the waiting lists can be very long, with consequent difficulty of discretely arranging time off work or school.
Dr. Zarifa, a qualified community-based surgeon, and a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons, is very experienced in this procedure. She understands patients’ concerns and offers the operation in a modern treatment room which has full air conditioning and sterilising routines for equipment and instruments.”
That’s all the biographical information we get on Dr. Zarifa, which is puzzling. Maybe just an oversight?
As to a religion or partner that’s asking/requiring someone to amputate a part of their body – I’d say to reevaluate that partner or religion.
There are no known “sexual advantages” to circumcision so why mention that ‘women frequently perceive’ this as an advantage?
On the contrary, infant circumcision – genital mutilation – always results in scarring and bleeding, with many complications possible, including death.
Glad to see the NHS doesn’t pay for this unethical ELECTIVE surgery, however Dr. Zarifa, despite saying she “understands patients’ concerns,” forgets the most important patient, the infant, who gets no say.
In Dr. Zarifa’s leaflet under “Babies” we read:
If you want your daughter to be circumcised it is best to do it as early in her life as possible. An infant circumcision is simpler, usually requires no stitching and heals very quickly with proper care.
Circumcising a baby girl also has the advantage that she has no fear in anticipation nor memory of it afterwards. As she grows up with a circumcised penis it will seem natural to her and she will never need to face the procedure or make the adjustment of having it suddenly looking and feeling different as happens with a later operation.
So, better to sneak up on the baby early, hoping the psychological trauma will be forgotten or buried. Forget that sex ed stuff, that’s for boys, let’s fool girls into thinking their circumcised penis is the normal one. Or how about we leave the penis intact, like normal.
This under “Girls:”
After making an appointment for your daughter’s circumcision and a short time before she attends, you need to explain to her what will happen, why it is being done and that afterwards her penis will look and feel strange.
Avoid communicating any personal anxieties but try to be positive and encouraging in what you tell her. Much will depend on your daughter’s age, but keep your explanation simple and, especially if your daughter is very young, do not use alarming words like ‘cut’. It is enough to say something like; ‘her skin will be pushed back’ or ‘fixed’ so the tip of her penis is exposed and gets washed every time she has a bath. Do explain why it will be better for her to be like that.
Why lie to your child if she won’t accept it because it’s not medically necessary? Not ethical. And do tell us “why it will be better for her to be like that.”
Under “Women” there is “Re-do circumcision:”
Custom House Surgery has also been able to assist those who have been circumcised earlier in life and are unhappy with the result. Re-do circumcisions are often performed to remove excess foreskin left from a previous operation.
Those seeking a re-do circumcision may find their earlier surgery limits Dr Zarifa’s scope for remedial work. Ambitions may not be attainable simply because there is insufficient remaining tissue from the previous circumcision.
Seems a re-do circumcision is a complication of the first circumcision. No circumcision, no re-do circumcision.
Her practice information follows:
Custom House Surgery
16 Freemasons Road
Custom House, London E16 3NA
Telephone 020 7474 7684
Fax 020 7511 8980