These four classifications below were designed by the World Health Organization to identify the different female genital mutilation procedures.
- Partial or total removal of the clitoris and/or the prepuce (clitoridectomy).
- Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (excision).
- Narrowing of the vaginal orifice with creation of a covering seal by cutting and appositioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora, with or without excision of the clitoris (infibulation).
- All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example: pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterization.