Why Some African Girls Endure Painful Breast Ironing Practice

Breast ironing, also known as breast flattening, is a cultural practice of flattening or crushing the breast of an adolescent girl to disguise the signs of development as some men strongly believe that teenage girls as low as 9 years whose breasts are developing are ripe for sex. This cultural practice that is particularly practised across all ethnic groups in Cameroon and some parts of Africa. There is currently no research on the health implications of the practice.



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Breast Ironing