"An End to FGM in Our Lifetime" Keynote address from Dr. Marci Bowers at the Walk to end FGM in Washington DC on Oct. 31

An End to FGM in Our LifetimeI am incredibly honored to be here as your speaker today. When I say honored, I do so sincerely because I am an outsider, an onlooker, a woman of privilege, a surgeon, an activist, a western educated caucasion woman. And yet you have invited me and I am truly humbled. I uniquely value my own womanhood---because it also came with struggle, if you know anything about my…
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Hope on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

My Thoughts on FGM From a western upbringing, it is easy to pass judgment on the seemingly inhumane practice of Genital cutting, otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The notion of excising the genitalia of young women seems, at first blush, to be cruel by any standard of decency. That a trusted family member would allow and encourage their young daughter to undergo ritualistic…
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Marci, Yael and Lamane

Visit to Burkina Faso

Dr. Bowers  returned recently from Burkina Faso after completing a mission to help restore clitoral function in African  FGM victims. Patients came from as far as Kenya, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to have the surgical procedure completed. Clitoraid, the sponsoring NGO (Non-Government Organization) was to have opened its Hospital Kamkaso in Burkina Faso on March 2, with Dr. Bowers…
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Dr.Bowers restores clitoris for 4 victims of female genital mutilation

On November 29, 2013 Dr. Marci Bowers restored the clitoris of four victims at the San Mateo Surgery Center in California. One of the women came all the way from West Africa to have the surgery. Dr. Bowers donates her time as head surgeon for Clitoraid, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of the brutal tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM). The restoration (of…
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Our Medical Center: Mills-Peninsula Hospital

Dr. Bowers performs her major surgeries now at the new Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California. Opened in May 2011, the interior of the 241-bed facility was designed by Anderson Brulé Architects. In collaboration with its physician membership, Mills-Peninsula worked with doctors and hospital staff to create a calming and welcoming environment for patients and families. Always…
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Pelvic Pain

…Giving New Hope to Victims of Female Genital Mutiliation

Meet the  Woman Giving New Hope to Victims of Female Genital Mutilation In the global struggle for women’s rights, few issues have gone as overlooked and misunderstood as female genital mutilation. Endemic to 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, the procedure has been performed on at least 130 million girls, and as many […]

Sex Drive Mismatch

Sex Drive Mismatch. How much sex should one have? Well, the good news is that there’s no minimum requirement. Some people have sex every day, some have it once a year, some never. There’s no right or wrong answer. Too much or too little sex becomes a problem only when there is a difference in […]

Pelvic Pain

The Apple, by Robin Lassiter

Pain in the lower abdomen is one of the most common symptoms causing a woman to seek care at the gynecologist. While often associated with reproductive organs, pelvic pain can have many sources including infection, inflammation or abnormality of the bladder, bowels, nerves, bones or muscles in the area. Therefore, a thorough evaluation is always […]

A FGM Testimonial

“It is hardly a month since Dr. Marci Bowers performed a clitoral reconstruction, clitoroplasty, following the FGM that I underwent at nine years old. The surgeon’s empathy for victims of FGM is unmistaken. My first encounter with her during a pre-surgery assessment revealed her relentless efforts to restore wholeness to us. She does not only […]

Uterine Fibroids

For women who are experiencing heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding, a careful gynecological evaluation should include the presence of uterine fibroids. Also known as leiomyomas, those benign growths of the uterus may cause pelvic pressure, constipation, changes in urination and discomfort. Fibroids are very common and it is estimated that approximately 70% of women have […]