Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Dr Pierre Foldès

The clitoris is now known to be much larger than the external glans, a relatively small structure which is removed during many forms of female genital mutilation or FGM, and so the possibility is there for reconstruction.

Dr Foldès is the surgeon in St Germain en Laye who is one of the few who perform clitoral reconstruction after FGM. There are plenty of others who perform repairs, or reversals, but do not rebuild the clitoris. Even reversal though, is a great step forward for women who have undergone more extreme forms of FGM. One report follows up some women who have had reversals done and found them very happy with the outcome.

As mentioned in one of Papillon’s posts, Dr Foldès has trained some Burkinabe surgeons in the techniques. There is an interview of one of them published online in January by the journalist Ochieng' Ogodo. He himself has now trained 50 surgeons in Burkina Faso to do the operation and is happy to pass on his expertise to surgeons in other African countries.

Christine Aziz has interviewed two women who have been patients of Dr Foldès, one French, originally from Somalia, and one Sudanese living in London. Their accounts are similar but well worth reading. A French journalist has written a book, Victoire sur l'excision, about this "modest and profoundly humanitarian doctor".

It is evident from all these stories that his patients have nothing but praise for the doctor.

Contact details for Dr Foldès:
Clinique St. Germain
12, rue Barone Gerard
78100 Saint Germain En Laye.
Tel: 0031 1 13 10 26 26

Don't forget to read Papillon's story.

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111 comments:

  1. My heart aches every time I read a post on your blog. I'll never understand why people mutilate the bodies of their helpless children. It's so sad!

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  2. I am a victim of FGM and would like to have the operation done in France, but would need to speak to the people who have undergone the operation. Please contact me on isaceesay@hotmail.com.
    Thanks

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    1. Please give me a call 07809424965 any one reading this post that is a vitcim of FGM please please give me a call on that number .. leave me ur name and number and i will contact you. thank you

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  3. I am a victim of FGMand would like to speak to the people who have undergone the procedure in confidence in France.
    Thanx

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  4. There is a Doctor here in America that performs the operation through the organization "CLITORAID.COM" Her name is Dr Bowers, she studied under Dr Foldes in France.
    In Paris the operation cost 3 thousand Euros! but it's covered by their insurance over there, consultation fee is 70 Euros and you have to go back in 6 weeks after surgery!
    If you go through "CLITORAID.COM" They will pay for it only in America and you pay 1 thousand Dollars hospital fees.
    We were wronged by our Parents and i feel very happy that we can be HELPED!
    My Surgery is in Mar 2009 here in America with Dr Bowers...
    Will be back to tell you all how it went...

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  5. hi, please let us know how u get on! i was put off by the parisian fees and will look into Dr Bowers

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  6. Hi.

    I too am interested in having the surgery done but there is no way I can afford $1000 let alone 3000 Euros. I read some of the articles on Dr Foldes and it says that the surgery is free.

    Does anyone know if it is free for those of us who live in the UK? I also need contact details for Dr Foldes so that I can find out how to go about setting up a consultation.

    sparklegirl2000@googlemail.com

    Thanks.

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  7. am also avistim of FGM i would like to know more about these procedures. i am having alittle hope afte a despaire

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  8. I am also interested in meting Dr. Foldes. I don't live in France, but I'd be more than happy to fly there, do you know if that is possible? I speak no french?

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  9. My surgery with Dr. Bowers was WONDERFUL. I am happy, i did it biggest satisfaction is i can see my very own CLITORIS.
    Office visit before the surgery, she checked me and said YES, your clitoris is still there, her work on me, is OUTSTANDING.
    She worked on the labia, like magic, my vagina looks just like i never had CIRCUMCISION. I'm still healing though, healing very very well.

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  10. If you chose to do it in Paris with Dr. Foldes here are his office numbers 331-39102626 or 331-3927-4248.
    Cost here 3,000 euros for surgery, 70 euros office visit, good news, if you live in Paris, your insurance will cover the payment. Visitors, you pay everything.

    Dr. Marci Bowers, you have to contact, this organization "clitoraid.com" send them a message and they will contact you, make all the arrangements with Dr. Bowers.
    Cost here in U.S, $1,000, just payed that, so i hope it stays that cheap so everyone can afford it.

    Good luck my Sisters. I'm happy i did mine and i hope you all are successful with yours too.

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  11. My surgery was WONDERFUL. Dr. Marci Bowers did an OUTSTANDING job. i'm still healing and healing very very well.

    Surgery done in USA contact "clitoraid.com" this organization will make all the arrangemnts for you, otherwise Dr. Marci will not see you.

    Cost is 1 thousand dollars only. Best money i ever spent, the result is mind blowing.
    i hope you all are successful with yous too.

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  12. I have just stumbled upon an article on FGM reconstruction surgery here in UK. It's about Dr Comfort Momoh of the Well Women Clinic at St. Thomas Hospital in London and has her contact details. The article is old so I don't know whether the telephone number and email address are still valid.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2736067.stm

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  13. http://discoveringpleasureafterfgm.blogspot.com/

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  14. I'm also a victim of FGM in Africa when I was just 8 years old when through this horrible so call "female circumcision" I've just send e-mail to 'Clitoraid.com' I'm hoping to see Dr Foldes in Paris and have the operation done,, i will up date you all and wish everyone all the best because none of us deserved what happend to us..
    Take cares girls and keep smilling ...

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  16. Clitoraid Inc. (International Office)

    6120 W Tropicana Ave #A16-200
    Las Vegas NV 89103, USA

    Email: info©clitoraid.org

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  17. I really want to have this operation done with Dr Foldes, but I ain't got 3'000 Euros, I've read an article stating that "he does not charge women who have been a victim of FGM" is this true? also how long does it take to fully recover from the operation? :)

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  18. Dr. foldes charges the people in Paris, it's only free because their insurance pays for everything.
    His office number 331-39102626, 331-3927-4248.
    Call his staff for more info. Good luck.

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  19. Hi anonymous above, Dr Foldes does a check up at 6 weeks afer the operation, and another at 6 months, so I would guess you should be completely healed in 6 months at the outside, unless of course there were any complications.

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  20. Hi'ya this is "Anonymous" above who was asking about the charges for the operation and how long it takes to recover,,, I would like to say thank you to "A" and "Peace" who answered my questions I'm gonna phone the office this week and I'll update you what they say... I'm nervous about all of this but I'm thinking positive...also are any of you from the UK? perhaps London? just for interested..of course you do not have to answered that question I can understand..Thank you all :)

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  21. Hi, I sincerely hope all goes well and please do keep us updated. I, too, am very interested but very nervous as well. I can't afford it now but hopefully next year. It would be great if you shared how long the waiting list is. Oh, I am not from the UK, live in Sweden.

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  22. Hi anonymous (who was asking about the charges) jus to let you know im from the uk and yes im from london.Dont worry your not the only one im really nervous too!! keep strong xx

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  23. hi anonymous (the one who was asking about the chrages) just thought id let you know im from the uk london and dont worry your not the only one whos nervous!!! keep strong.xx

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  24. Hi'ya this is "Anonymous who was asking about if any of you from the UK, London" thanks to those who answered my question..well I have spokent to Dr Foldes on Monday this week he was really nice he could tell how nervouse I was speaking to him but then I'm always nervouse about everthing and anything! lol...:)he said what I need to do is to call the office and book a consultation first I asked about the cost and he said he does not charge for his work BUT the hospital charged for the administration and consultation which is £2'000 pound.. i thought that is not too bad,,,
    My plan is now to go for the operation early next year because I'm going back to work and also I have one child who is 2 years old.
    Again just for interest I would like to find know where some of you are from "orginally" I'm guessing most of us who have been through FGM are from Africa..I'm willing to tell you all that I'm Orginally from Somalia and I've lived in the UK for over 17 Years I left somalia when I was 5 years old and I'm hoping some of you would share some information about yourselfs,,, But I do respect that if you don't want share that information..I also would like to say that this is nothing to be ashame about because we were all young children when this FGM has happened..I believe what don't kill you makes you stronger!! keep smilling and take care xxx :)
    P.s. you can reply back to me as "London":)

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    1. Hi am Somali myself, I come cross your massage and I have been thought FGM, and I want reverse that now in France. Can you please help and give me more information. LONDON

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    2. Hi everyone I come a cross this massages FGM had happen to me when I was around 5 yrs old. Now I want to have the operation, please help me, am from London Is there a clinic in London? Or is only place to operation is France ? Help

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    3. It is sad all what happened to us. Am from kenya and am planning to do surgery. I need friend for comfort and advise. I live in florida, but I can perform surgery in Europe. My email is mirikanina @yahoo.com,I hope to hear from you.thanks

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  25. Hi London thought id shoud share that i also have been considering this operation.Although i orginally considered to have it in france i am also considering the sugery offerd in america (trindad colarado near denver). i got incontact with clitoriad and for those who wish to know the details considring the op i have taken the liberty of posting the infromtion sent to me (they were extreamly nice)
    "Clitoraid would schedule an appointment for you at Dr. Bowers' clinic in Trinidad Colorado. Dr. Bowers would give you a pre-op medical visit one day before your surgery. The next day, you would be scheduled for your surgery to restore your clitoris. (the surgery lasts about 30 minutes). It is advised that the patients limit their walking for 3 days to one week following their surgery. There are very reasonable hotels in the town of Trinidad.
    A month later, we would schedule your post-op medical visit with Dr. Bowers.
    The cost of the procedure is very reasonable since Dr. Bowers does not charge for her services and neither does her anesthesist The medical cost is $2,400 in addition to your travel and hotel costs during your recovery."
    Hope that was helpful im trying to work out which would be cheaper as $2400 is only around £1600 however it doesnt include hotel and flight so im not sure yet. good luck with it all and ..i was born in ethipoia but am of eritrean decent so i assume i was circumsied there (only discovered recently i was excsiced and have not come to discussing it with family therefore dont no the details i persume it was at early birth as i have lived in london for most of my life.

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    1. I really like your story and feedback. I have been thinking about this for years and would like to do reconstrutive surgery. I am from africa and having saved money for this, I will really appreciate if you can tell mw more about the procedure and exact cost. I already have a visa for the UK and have a friend I can stay with. I only need the total medical cost fee. Any information will be appreciates

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    2. Did you do the surgery?

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  26. london, i was born and raised in the UK and im of somali descent.my mother took me to somaliland for the fgm when i was 7.
    im interested in this reconstructive procedure and shall endeavour to call the parisian office very soon.:)

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  27. hi london, i was born and raised in the UK to Somali parents.My mother took me and my sister to Somaliland in 1983 for the mutilation.I shall be calling the Parisian office with a view to undergoing this reconstructive procedure etc.
    Dr Pierres work is not offered in the UK and Wellwoman UK and their staff are the most insensitive people iv ever come across re:FGM
    The UK offers just a reopening procedure of the infibulation, please see The Times article
    below.xoxoxo

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5913979.ece

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  28. Hi london did dr pierre say that the TOATAL cost would be 2000 pound including everything nothing else (part 4m travel n hotel of course)???

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  29. Hi ladies this is "london" i feel bit silly calling myself that but its better then "anonymouse" lol :) I've been away on holiday so its nice to see some of you reply back to on my last comment on 7/05/09 time does fly by when you are having fun!!I would like to say thank you so much for sharing some of your personal infor..I also respect to those of you who don't want share it is ok :) I have been looking for work for the summer also have just moved to a new flat i'm looking forward for a fresh start in life and of course saving for that special operation!!lol :)
    Please do write again and I will write to you soon
    take care XXXX :) keep smilling...

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  30. Hello girls,
    I knew about the possibity of surgery just 2 days ago and I'm so excited that i can't sleep!I'm an African girl and is living somewhere in Africa, I tried to call Dr. Foldès today but I was told that he was out.Anyway I've gotten the answers by you and I know now that getting surgery is out of my reach, I can't even afford the ticked. I'm very happy for you who have the possibility to get the money by working. At my job I get only about 50 USD a month.
    Thank you for sharing your stories and hopes with me. Don't know you outthere but love you all.

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  31. african girl, look at http://www.clitoraid.org/page.php?4

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  32. i got through to dr pierre foldes today after many attempts, he's been in africa.

    he's in the office mon/2pm, tuesday/2pm, wed/8am,thurs/2pm and friday/8am

    i rang 331-39102626, i spoke to him then made an appointment/initial consultation for 220609 through his secretary.

    he quoted me 2000 euros...ill find out more about how british people are supposed to pay that sort of money when i get there cos im not convinced we'd get private insurance 4it..and we certainly dont get it on the NHS.

    watch this space
    xoxo

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  33. I live in London. I was a Somali national but ethnicity is arab. I was 9 at the time and the memory is still so vivid 18years later. The good news though is that I have finally managed to save up the required amount for the surgery by cutting out all luxury spending as I like to call it. I have 3 weeks of holiday time that I still have to use up at work so that is sorted. All I have to do is ring and set up a consultation.

    I finally have the means to make my dream come true after years of wishing for a miracle (or in my more fantastical imagining of a way to turn back time and not walk through that door on that particular day) so why am I so nervous about picking up the phone and actually making the call to Dr Foldes's clinic? Anyone have that problem?

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  34. Hi Samira,

    I am the same way. I have had the number for so long now but I am afraid to call, afraid to fly to France. I feel overwhelmed by it all and my shame about the circumcision is keeping me from reaching out to a friend for help.

    *sigh*

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  35. hi samira & anon above

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  36. hi samira & anon, i had dr foldes number for years but i finally called the office and flew to paris on the 260609 and saw dr foldes. he speaks english and i have my operation with dr foldes on the 260809.he doesnt ask u to recall wat happend etc u just chat about what he can do 4u etc the office is really easy to find and his secretary's african and speaks a little english and the clinic director speaks perfect english.theyr really nice, do it !! xoxox

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  37. hi girl,
    i am sudanese and i am realy feel lost i do not know what to do or how to reach dr folds, i am very upset not to have any number or clear address to start with, for those who already did the operation to help me by provide something to help me to meet dr flods,
    cheers, hana

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  38. hi girls,

    i am sudanese and i would like to know how can i reach dr Folds in paris as i tried before to call him but i di not manage to reach him, i am flying soon to London and i want to know the passibolity of reaching him while i m there?

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  39. Hi Hana

    Contact Pierre Foldès :
    Clinique Louis XIV
    4, Place Louis XIV
    78100 Saint Germain-en-Laye

    0033 (0)1 39 10 26 26

    Good luck

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  40. hi sudanese girl. if u want the operation in paris, ull have to do 4 trips to paris:

    1=consultation with dr foldes
    2=operation
    3=checkup in paris 2weeks later
    4=checkup 6mnths later

    clinic & operation cost =2400 euros,plus plane flights 2paris, plus consultation fees of 50euros x 4=200euros

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  41. Hi everyone,
    I am an African( West Africa) woman living in the US and just discovered Clitoraid. I am thinking about getting surgery but want to know how is healing process? Can I go back to work a week after the surgery? I also heard that Blue Cross ( insurance company) might reimburse cost of surgery.

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    1. Hi have you done surgery already? I live in usa.my email mirikanina@yahoo.com

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  42. Hello London
    I have tried hard to reach and contact Dr. Foldes but unfortunately it was not able to do it also with the assistance of one of my friends in France do not know what's the story !!!!!! Overall I will travel to London soon for study and I was wondering if the Doctor can help me find a solution to my problems and to make the process without traveling to France .
    Thanks for your help and hope to hear from you

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  43. Hi there everyone. I'll see if I can find someone to answer the last two questions for you.

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  44. I would to know if any of you have actually done the ops. by now,2010. if so. who did you fare.

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  45. hello girls,
    I live in holland next month am going to have operation, am worried they said that i have to stay one week at the hospital i dont know if these dutch doctors can do such a operation?Can you give me advice please
    thank you am from tanzania

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  46. Hi All,
    I am having my surgery with Dr. Bowers ( Colorado-US) on 3/2/2010. Will tell you how it went. I am so excited.

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  47. Hi Tanzania girl.

    They dont do surgery like this in Holland. Tell us how it went in Paris.

    Dutch Girl.

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  48. its a shame that no1 is gtin 'bk about da way der ops went' i will defenitly b doin so 1ct ive saved enough for mine just another 500 to go :) ..onli i know 1ce i have da money i know its gna b reali hardtoactually jus go through with im ptin it wn to nerves is ne 1 havin da same prob??

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  49. hi ...
    Today I met with Dr Foldes, very nice man.
    you have 2 choice whether you do the operation in the clinic or hospital.
    if you go in the clinic doing something cost of 2,500 euros and in the hospital when you are doing your cost 5000 euros so I opted for the klieniek.
    I was there I opted to have surgery and I got a letter from the registration it has cost me something like 23 euros and then when you've had conversation with the doctor, you pay a sum of 50 euros.
    If you are well insured you get the insurance paid. that I have to see how that goes. I will have surgery soon and he said do not just you but your lips clitoris is also recovery. I would say go for it and I let you know how afloopt.Thnx N.

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  50. Oja voordat ik vergeet ze zijn van de plaats verhuist en de nieuwe adres is
    Clinique St. Germain
    12, rue Barone Gerard
    78100 Saint Germain En Laye.
    Tel: 0031 1 13 10 26 26
    ik denk als je gewoon de oude nummer beld dat het wel nog doet.
    ik zou niet willen wat vandaag is gebeurd dat het met jullie gaat gebeuren ik miste bijna me afspraak.

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  51. Hi N. Thank you so much for getting back and letting everyone know how things have gone so far. Keep in touch, and good luck! :) A.

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  52. Translation of the last comment:
    Oh yeah before I forget they are moved from the place and the new address is:
    Clinique St. Germain
    12, rue Barone Gerard
    78100 Saint Germain En Laye.
    Tel: 0031 1 13 10 26 26
    I think if you just called the old number that it still goes.
    I would not want what happened today is that it will happen with you, I almost missed my appointment.

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing with us N. It is much appreciated to hear from someone going through the process.

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  54. Hi!
    Nice to here all these good news. Does anyone knows how to get to the Dr Foldes clinic from the airport. I have an appointment with him next month but unfortunately her secretary speaks little english hence she was not able to give me the address or anymore information apart from appointment date and time. I do not know where to start or end and I desparately want to attend this appointment coming from UK. Any information will be appreciated please.

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  55. Which airport is that? Charles de Gaulle? If so, you get the RER train line B into Paris and the RER line A to St Germain en Laye. The RER is similar to the metro but you need to watch that you take the train going to St Germain and not one of the brancehes.

    The Paris by Train site should help, and there's a route planner too. Both in English.

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  56. And the airport is often called Aeroport de Roissy. You'd need to allow a good hour for the journey, probably longer in case you miss the connection in Paris.

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  57. Thanks for the reply but which is the easiest means of transport for getting to the clinic from London since I have never been to france before and I am worried of getting lost and I do not speak french at all

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  58. Have you thought of getting the Eurostar train from London? That would take you straight to the heart of Paris and then if you are well prepared with maps it shouldn't be too bad. Just give yourself loads and loads of time so that you aren't rushing.

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  59. Hi girls! Am a kenyan girl n live in kenya my name is Sarah.girls am tellin u this is incredible i ve been going crazy in the in the internet ever since i saw the wonderful work that Dr.foldes in Paris and about the clitoraid Dr.Bower are doing..girls am not afraid or ashamed of anythng as long as i can get my beautiful clitoris back! My only worry is how much is going to cost me for the whole trip to the surgery if its in clitoraid to Dr. Bowers (U.S.A) or if its Paris to Dr. Foldes? Could anyone help me with information of which wil be cheaper 4 me? Lots of love..

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  60. I think what you need to consider is the ticket and the accommodation otherwise as for the surgery prices I think they are almost the same.

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  61. anyone if you girls who have had surgery since last year or more than 6 months ago have any feedback as to the sensation restoration?
    feedback would be helpful, cheers

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  62. Can anyone please talk about the effects the surgery had? Do yu get stimulated now? did yu get in the mood to have sex? orgasm? wetness? aroused? please let us newbies now = ]

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  63. I wonder if I could be helped, I have had vulva
    cancer due to Lichen Sclerosis, and had to have the clitoris removed, this was 12yrs ago, I now cannot have intercourse with my husband because of the scar tissue surrounding the entrance to my vagina, gynocologists in England say there is nothing more can be done, ? help

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  64. annonomus girl

    waw so many people intrested in the dr pierre operation. dont you girls who live in the uk think we should fight for the operation to be givin on he nhs for free to victims of fgm? we could start doing campaigns. let me kno wat u think? caus britain does have a huge population of somalis and sudanese n other africans who are affected by fgm!
    n if we become successful we can demand for all europe and america as well to do it for free!

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  65. there is one question that no one is answering here i see everone is saying i'm going to have the operation but no one is telling us what happend after that if they had it done or not? if they did what difference do they feel now? im realy interested in to get done but im not gettin proper answer from you guys i would be greatfull if any one can help thnz.

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  66. I am a Kenyan woman and had my clitoral reconstruction surgery with dr bowers in Trinidad Co in July 2010. We were six African women. I will tell you my outcomes in due course. Just know that it takes time to heal...it is not that minor an operation. I speak as a mother who has gone through a ceasarian section. It is worthy it I believe to get my Clitoris back. Contact me at: phillipa.mk@gmail.com. I am still healing today. I plan to campaign to get Drs at the Nairobi Women's hospital to offer this operation. Clitoraid has built a hospital at Bukina Faso and Dr Bowers will be going there next January to offer some operations. Contact the clitoraid officer for Africa at www.clitoraid.corg.

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  67. I will give you feedback about the after effect of the operation. I hope that the difference will be for the better as the clitoris is supposed to be pulled out, hence increasing the sensations. When I heal and get feelings as per my expectations, I will share with you. I agree that getting the operation is imperative but the outcome must be satisfactory too.

    Patience my sisters!!

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  68. Actually when I read Papillon's blog early this year, I was disappointed in the end because she never detailed her satisfaction or disappointment with her operation: whether it was cosmetic or not. Whether there was sensation in her clitoris after the operation or not.

    I am healing after my operation by Dr Marci Bowers last month and will return to this blog. I will tell you my colleague's experience too....6 of us had the operation.

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  69. I tried to get in touch with Papillon several times, and in different ways, but no success at all.

    But thank you for letting everyone know how you're getting on. I think that's the main thing everyone needs to know.

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  70. I returned here because of this blog: http://www.senediaspora.com/sante-psychologie-sexualite-f16/vos-remarques-apres-l-intervention-du-dr-foldes-t1868.htm

    Many women in that blog do not seem to be happy with the outcome. Let me heal and I will share the truth with you. So far I do not see it looking like that of an uncut woman. That is what we all want, dont we? I believe that these good Drs, Foldes and Bowers need to work together with plastic surgeons so that the outcome may look and feel as real as possible. I am writing a book to detail my experiences and make proposals as to what can be done in future to make this a successful endevour. We are guinea pigs.....I am an older woman in my fifties.....but younger dating women need to look like their peers. That is what we will be advocating for. Also, we need mor African doctors to be involved. There are quite a number in West Africa and none in East Africa.

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  71. I have appointment to get this surgery done in few months. Can someone please let me know how their experience with the surgery went. How was your healing time? Were you satisfied with the end result? Are you able to orgasm or have great pleasure? I would love to hear from you girls. Thank you.

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  72. The operation with Dr Bowers alters the shape and appearance of the vulva in a way that I do not find attractive. Many of the women who have ahd the surgery claim that the clitorii retracted, leaving only scars. Mine too......there is nothing but a scar. Maybe the sensitivity will return after a while, but I tell you, if I had to chose between spending all that money on the surgery, the trip, the pain of deep cuts to locate the clitoris, then have it retract; the despair and disappointment, I would never have done it. I used to get pleasure because parts of my vulva....the hood was intact.....but the operation by Dr B made not attempt to save that part. She cut right through it, knowing fully that she could not replace it. Now frankly, I cannot tell what I have become!!! Sisters, I suggest you be careful about going for surgery with Clitoraid.........go to a plastic surgeon instead because they help you to reconstruct what you have, not cut your remaining parts and try to put them together. The result is an ugly looking vulva. If I had known that this is what awaited me, I would have gone to a plastic surgeon to fix my inner labia and leave me the way I was. Now I tell you sisters, I feel damaged. This clitoral construction is a risk which one must take care before going for it. Perhaps Clitoraid will improve their techniques as I have demanded of them. Otherwise there will be many disappointed women out there. If you can get an orgasm, get a plastic surgeon to improve the look of your vulva intead of the deep cutting of the Clitoraid procedure. This procedure cuts even more than circumcision does and no one knows the impact of such a cut on child birth. It will have to be ceasarian because the scars will not allow the birth canal to open as expected during child birth.
    I will always tell you the truth. Maybe the lady above did get the inner labia and clitoris during her surgery with Dr B but in our group of 6, perhaps one got that as she was the only person who was pleased.........the rest of us were cut deeply, then Dr B stitched us back without any grafting, seriouly altering the vulva, no inner labia, no clitoris. I suggest you do not go for Clitoraid surgeries until we are sure that they have improved their techniques......by correcting what they did to us and I will let you know when they have done so. Otherwise many of you will lose more than than they will gain from the surgery with Clitoraid.

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  73. That is very true even in France you get the same result which is very frustrating after paying all that money and being promised that they will reconstruct your labia minora and critories. After operation the end result is very depressing and I also think it is a high time for them to tell people the truth that the result is not as expected unless they are going to carryout plastic surgery. I would like to hear from anyone who has had the operation who have her critories reconstructed and is visible please because with this operation yuo are just left with scars.

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  74. please please please ladies, can you provide your experince after the surgery? did you heal good? can you orgasm? did your clitoris retract back? I would LOVE some feed back. let's help each other sisters

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  75. Hi Girls. I would like to know anyone who Got the surgery done with DR. Bowers or Foldes and was happy with the result, and can you please tell me the kind of FGM you went through before you had the surgery done. I would appreciate your help
    Thanks!

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  76. The surgery is not worth it

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  77. the surgery is not worth it?

    I would like full information please. I was very interested in this surgery but I am hearing positive results and many negative results. Can someone please give detail information please. I am only missing my clitoris from FGM. would anyone recommend I see plastic surgeon or see Dr. Foldes? is there anyone who had type one FGM and had a re constructive surgery and how did it turn out? I feel like many women who had the surgery are being silent which makes me worried. Please lets help each other

    Thank you

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    1. Ladies,

      I had this surgery in March 2010 with Dr Foldes, AS soon as I read about it online, I was lucky to have some money and book my appointment to have the surgery.
      I was told it all went well, went back for my 6 weeks check up and all still positive, I was given a scaring cream to apply on it for faster healing, I healed, saw a pick area for a while and almost 6 months after the surgery, there was nothing...It was as if it had never happened and there is no clit! I have never returned to Dr foldes for 6 months consultation because of the psychological damage, I am very happy that I tried to put it wright but failure to have anything different is still very hearbraking..I thought about trying again because of my sexuality but helas, it is someone I feel that I cannot change and i feel like it is the worse punishment ever!
      Good luck and i am very happy for you if yours have worked but please do let other women know so that they can make an informed decision

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  78. I wish somebody would come back with more information, but nobody ever does. And that worries me too.

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  79. There has to be Someone who had the surgery and healed by now. can you please give feedback?

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  80. Dear all. Are there any ladies out there from Germany who have travelled to France to see Dr Foldes? Or anyone who plans to do that? I'd be very interested to hear from women who have had FGM and live here in Germany. Thank you...

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    1. Hi I myself live in Germany and i was wondering whether there is such a Doctor in Germany for i can't travel all that far,am divorced and a mother of a seven year old!

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    2. Finally i got a Doctor in Germany who is performing the operation,i have an appointment with him next week.Am over the moon girls!

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    3. Can you tell his name and hospital?

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    4. please contact me through mglee10@yahoo.de
      I will give you the details about the Doctor in Germany.I live in Hannover myself.
      I am very busy such that i cannot visit this website everyday.
      Maybe we can organise something for i am searching for a trusted person to take care of my little daughter while am operated.

      Nice day.

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  81. Dear Sisters who have had this surgery.... please share with me your experience do you feel it was a good experience for you? I am a victim of fgm and scheduled for surgery soon.... afraid unsure if I should do this because the dr wlll not provide photos of the results.... I dont want to be mutilated more than already...

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  82. Hi ladies I was extremely excited to hear about reconstruction after FGM.But, after reading such negative reviews am more depressed. if at all there are other options please let your fellow sisters know.

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  83. Hi All! please can someone else give their perspective about this kind of surgery because Dr. Pierre and Bowers are getting a lot of praise about this. If the results are not good then it would just be better to have other people know so they do not try it. Thank you girls

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  84. hello sisters...i am a 27yrs old lady who was cut, i feel lots of pains when i make luv to my boyfriend, most times i am afraid he would leave me because of this situation, i was very excited when i found out about this surgery that can make me a very happy woman.

    But reading some negative review got me really scared, i am ready to sell everything i have to get this surgery, but before i do, please can someone who has gone thru this share her experience, did u heal well? can u now have real orgasm..was the sex different? please i beg you help us by answering this questions before we suffer more.

    i am a nigerian and i am not afraid to share my experience, if i finally go for the surgery i will make it public and help women go for this surgery too...

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  85. email me at prech123@yahoo.co.uk to see the b4 n after picture of female genital mutilation done by Dr madzou who was trained under dr foldes but work at the CHU teaching hopsital in ANGERS france,,,i will recommend him cos so far he is the only one who send me the b4 n after picture and which cost is free ,,,,,,,,(u only pay 970 euro to chu hospital for d day spent in the hospital but i guess if u r a member of the european union and have the european health card,(if living in uk u can apply for one in the post office u will be able to waive the 970 euro fee or pay a lesser amount compare to the original price )am 2 weeks after d op.i stumble on dis blog today and decide to share what i know based on my experince with dr madzou who was so nice n helpful(he only communicate in frence so i emailed him using a translation website from english to french)i hope have been of help,,,,,

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  86. hallo,
    i was also so happy to know about this operation but am now in doubts after reading some of the comments here.I live in Germany and am totally confused where to start.I wish i would know if the operation is worth it.Please if there are some of you in Germany who are interessted in this operation..email me we try and see how we can help each other.
    j.dune@ymail.com

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  87. Hello girls,
    I heard about this blog today and you can be sure my day has been long with smiles all over me. I am an African and had this when i was only 10 years. i am so afraid to be in any relationship coz im afraid if men saw what was done down there. At times the scar is too sensitive and painful.... making me uncomfortabl. My life was at an end coz what was left was only waorking to get my daily bread and wait to die. i did not think of even relationships. Thanks sooo much to Dr FOLDES and the rest who have made these girls smile. please share keep sharing more and tgose who have had the restoration please let us know the results EITHER GOOD OR BAD. I wish we could even get to see photos of BEFORE ND AFTER the restoration. smiles all over me. call me Kenya

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  88. I am just so shocked that many more women who had this surgery are not sharing their experiences. I wanted this surgery so bad just so I can see my clit. I can orgasm just fine by rubbing the area where my clit was supposed to be. But holy crap! I would be devestated if this surgery took that away from me. ok ladies, I know most of us where thought to be ashamed of our beautiful bodies but we don't have to accept that crap! So C'MON and share your experiences. we want to hear if you like it, hate it or whatever else. DON'T BE SILENT!!!! :)

    -ME

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  89. hey girls

    i am happy to find about this surgery but no body tells which type of FGM this surgery can fit. i know there are 3 types of FGM but can this surgery be done on all the types cause i have read some where and its only can e done to type 3 cause the clitoris is still there but it covered i am a victim of FGM type 2 where is my clitoris and labia minora has been removed could this procedure give me back what has been taking away from me please i need hope i need to feel a woman again

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  90. please girls who had the operation give me advise should i do the operatio, is it wearthy, i would like to hear from you.

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    1. I posted today 12th Feb for my results, search the list for the date to read my review

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  91. Hey girls.

    I am 25 years old, originally from Eritrea. I've lived in the UK the last 6 years. Like most eritrean women around my age n older I underwent FGM when i was only a baby. I realized that I went through the process when i was 16, after a presentation given at school about Circumcision. I went home running that day to ask my mother if i was one of the cultural victims. She smiled n said nothing. I was really upset. Anyways I forgot everything about cos at that time, i didn't have any problems with it ...physically/emotionally. You know if something happens when u were a baby...hard to remember. When i was 24, last year, i met someone...we got on really well. He was asking to make love to me, but i was always making excuses...cos i knew exactly what's gonna happen...how painful it's gonna be....bleeding. All that thought made me push him away from me when ever we are about to have sex. But one day, I don't call it a rape but he forced me n the next minute, all i can remember is me screaming n blood running through my thighs.....the worst day of my life. I wasn't able to walk...urinate...or...just pain, crying. Two days later i went to a walk-in clinic. All they did was gave me some pain killers n advised me to drink more water to protect infection as i told them that i avoided taking in any fluid to avoid urinating. I can't really find words to expain how painful it was for weeks. My BF didn't even have the sympathy to understand my situation so i broke up with him. Two weeks gone, I went to see my GP n got refered to a hospital...seen by a nurse and i am awaiting to have the surgery. But now i am really confused...cos the surgery they do in the UK is different from the one with Dr.Foldes in France. If I am not wrong (I have done little research on it), depending on the type of FGM, the surgery in the UK could widen the space to prepare a women for sexual intercourse and during giving birth, but can't give you ur clitoris back...which means that ur sexual pleasure will still be the same eventhough the pain is reduced due to a wider opening. My surgery has been already booked....i was really excited at first, but now that i heard about the surgery in france....can't make my mind up. Please Help. I would definetly go for it if it really works.

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    1. You are right, the UK surgery is different but sometimes it's enough. I don't know why, but nobody ever comes back after seeing Dr Foldes. I wish I could help you more.

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    2. Hi there

      Thank you for the comment. but, what do you mean when u said that nobody ever comes back after seeing Dr Foldes?

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    3. Sorry, I just meant that they never seem to come back here to tell everyone whether they thought the surgery in France really works well or not.

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  92. Hi.

    yeah....you're right. I read all the comments above n none of them talks about surgery results.
    I promise, to come back wiz my results after surgery....though still researching n haven't decided yet where to have it done.

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  93. I just posted my outcome for you girls, did not work for me...

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  94. Sorry....what really happenned.pls tell us everything and thanks for the feedback

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