Lack of research on FGC in Kuwait remains a challenge. The sole study was carried out on nearly 5,000 women in an antenatal hospital unit between 2001 and 2004. The findings of this study are thought to be representative of the Kuwaiti female population, as the majority of women have their antenatal care in hospitals.
The study by Chibber, El-saleh & El harmi noted multiple health impacts reported by women. These included: traumatic flashbacks, premature/obstructed labour, foetal distress, delivery by caesarean, post-partum haemorrhage and kidney infections.
FGC is closely associated with Hepatitis C due to the unsterile conditions in which it is often performed.
In the majority of practising groups in Kuwait, women are mostly well-educated and financially well-endowed, dispelling the myth that FGC is only practised by communities without access to education or resources.