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  1. Study protocol

    Endometrial scratching in women with implantation failure after a first IVF/ICSI cycle; does it lead to a higher live birth rate? The SCRaTCH study: a randomized controlled trial (NTR 5342)

    Success rates of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) are approximately 30%, with the most important limiting factor being embryo implantation. Mechanical endometrial injury, also called ‘scratching’, has be...

    N. E. van Hoogenhuijze, H. L. Torrance, F. Mol, J. S. E. Laven, E. Scheenjes, M. A. F. Traas, C. Janssen, B. Cohlen, G. Teklenburg, J. P. de Bruin, R. van Oppenraaij, J. W. M. Maas, E. Moll, K. Fleischer, M. H. van Hooff, C. de Koning…

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:47

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Exposure of hospitalised pregnant women to plasticizers contained in medical devices

    Medical devices (MDs) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are not a well-known source of exposure to plasticizers, in particular during pregnancy. Because of its toxicity, the di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has be...

    Cécile Marie, Sebti Hamlaoui, Lise Bernard, Daniel Bourdeaux, Valérie Sautou, Didier Lémery, Françoise Vendittelli and Marie-Pierre Sauvant-Rochat

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:45

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Impact of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation on maternal mental health during pregnancy and postpartum: results from a randomized controlled trial in Vietnam

    Micronutrient malnutrition has been associated with maternal depressive symptoms (MDS), but little is known about the effects of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation. This paper examined the effects o...

    Phuong H. Nguyen, Ann M. DiGirolamo, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Hoa Pham, Wei Hao, Hieu Nguyen, Truong V. Truong, Son Nguyen, Kimberly B. Harding, Gregory A. Reinhart, Reynaldo Martorell and Usha Ramakrishnan

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:44

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  4. Study protocol

    POstLAparoscopic Reduction of pain By combining intraperitoneal normal salinE And the pulmonary Recruitment maneuver (POLAR BEAR trial). RCT to estimate reduction in pain after laparoscopic surgery when using a combination therapy of intraperitoneal normal saline and the pulmonary recruitment maneuver

    Shoulder pain and pain in the upper abdomen are common complaints after laparoscopy, sometimes surpassing the pain at incision sites. The incidence of shoulder pain ranges from 35 to 80%. Post-laparoscopic pai...

    J. E. W. van Dijk, S. J. Dedden, P. M. A. J. Geomini, P. Meijer, N. van Hanegem and M. Y. Bongers

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:42

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Effects of peer health education on perception and practice of screening for cervical cancer among urban residential women in south-east Nigeria: a before and after study

    Effective female education on cervical cancer prevention has been shown to increase awareness and uptake of screening. However, sustaining increase in uptake poses a challenge to control efforts. Peer health e...

    Chinyere Mbachu, Cyril Dim and Uche Ezeoke

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:41

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  6. Case report

    A case report of bicornis bicollis uterus with unilateral cervical atresia: an unusual aetiology of chronic debilitating pelvic pain in a Cameroonian teenager

    Congenital uterine anomalies like bicornis or bicornuate uterus are relatively rare in sub-Saharan Africa. They are associated with an increased rate of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and infertility....

    Julius Sama Dohbit, Esther Meka, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Igor Kamla, Darolles Mwadjie and Pascal Foumane

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:39

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Cervical cancer risk perceptions, sexual risk behaviors and sexually transmitted infections among Bivalent Human Papillomavirus vaccinated and non-vaccinated young women in Uganda - 5 year follow up study

    Previous studies were conflicting regarding the associations between HPV vaccination, cervical cancer risk perceptions, high-risk sexual behaviors and STIs. This study compared the HPV-vaccinated and non-vacci...

    Edward Kumakech, Sören Andersson, Henry Wabinga, Caroline Musubika, Samuel Kirimunda and Vanja Berggren

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:40

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Experiences with VHA care: a qualitative study of U.S. women veterans with self-reported trauma histories

    Women veterans in the United States, particularly those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a history of military sexual assault, have unique health care needs, but their minority status in the US Vet...

    Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, Eileen M. Harwood, Michele R. Spoont, Nina A. Sayer, Heather Gerould and Maureen Murdoch

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:38

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Can community health workers play a greater role in increasing access to medical abortion services? A qualitative study

    Despite being legally available in India since 1971, barriers to safe and legal abortion remain, and unsafe and/or illegal abortion continues to be a problem. Community health workers have been involved in imp...

    Pallavi Gupta, Sharad D. Iyengar, Bela Ganatra, Heidi Bart Johnston and Kirti Iyengar

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:37

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Skin whitening among Cameroonian female university students: knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations

    Lack of data on skin whitening (SW) among Cameroonian female university students prompted us to undertake the present study which aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations of femal...

    Emmanuel Armand Kouotou, Jobert Richie N. Nansseu, Hugues Adegbidi, Theophane Christel Joel Zoa Mebara and Elie Claude Ndjitoyap Ndam

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:33

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  11. Research article

    A pathological and clinical study of 706 primary tumours of the ovary in the largest tertiary hospital in Ghana

    Ovarian tumours are a leading cause of death in Ghana. Even though geographical and racial differences exist in the frequency, types and age distribution of primary ovarian tumours, information about the clini...

    Patrick Kafui Akakpo, Leonard Derkyi-Kwarteng, Richard Kwasi Gyasi, Solomom Edward Quayson, Simon Naporo and Jehoram Tei Anim

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:34

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Quality of life of breast and cervical cancer survivors

    Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers affecting women. The symptom distresses experienced by cancer survivors are critical factors influencing their quality of life (QOL). This study investiga...

    Huei-Ying Huang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Wen-Yu Chou, Yao-Ching Hung, Liang-Chih Liu, Kuo-Feng Huang, Wen-Ching Wang, Kam-Wing Leung, Ruey-Kuen Hsieh and Pei-Tseng Kung

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:30

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  13. Research article

    Evaluating the role of race and medication in protection of uterine fibroids by type 2 diabetes exposure

    Uterine fibroids (UF) affect 77% of women by menopause, and account for $9.4 billion in annual healthcare costs. Type-2-diabetes (T2D) has inconsistently associated with protection from UFs in prior studies. T...

    Digna R. Velez Edwards, Katherine E. Hartmann, Melissa Wellons, Anushi Shah, Hua Xu and Todd L. Edwards

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:28

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  14. Research article

    Breast cancer in Iraq is associated with a unimodally distributed predominance of luminal type B over luminal type A surrogates from young to old age

    Breast cancer has recently increased in post-menopausal Iraqi women. In Western countries at high-risk for breast cancer, there is a bimodal increase in estrogen receptor (ER) positive tumors with a peak of lo...

    Runnak A Majid, Hemin A Hassan, Dana N Muhealdeen, Hazha A Mohammed and Michael D Hughson

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:27

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  15. Research article

    Meanings of abortion in context: accounts of abortion in the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer

    A breast cancer diagnosis and an abortion can each be pivotal moments in a woman’s life. Research on abortion and breast cancer deals predominantly with women diagnosed during pregnancy who might be advised to...

    Maggie Kirkman, Carmel Apicella, Jillian Graham, Martha Hickey, John L. Hopper, Louise Keogh, Ingrid Winship and Jane Fisher

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:26

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  16. Research article

    Typical patterns of modifiable health risk factors (MHRFs) in elderly women in Germany: results from the cross-sectional German Health Update (GEDA) study, 2009 and 2010

    Modifiable health risk factors (MHRFs) significantly affect morbidity and mortality rates and frequently occur in specific combinations or risk clusters. Using five MHRFs (smoking, high-risk alcohol consumptio...

    Franziska Jentsch, Jennifer Allen, Judith Fuchs and Elena von der Lippe

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:23

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  17. Research article

    The Swedish translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Cervical Dysplasia (FACIT-CD): linguistic validity and reliability of the Swedish version

    Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition, which has been shown to create anxiety in women. To be able to investigate these women’s health-related quality of life, a disease-specific instrument is require...

    Marie Rask, Marie Oscarsson, Neil Ludwig and Katarina Swahnberg

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:24

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  18. Research article

    Factors influencing use of long-acting versus short-acting contraceptive methods among reproductive-age women in a resource-limited setting

    Unplanned pregnancy remains a common problem in many resource-limited settings, mostly due to limited access to modern family planning (FP) services. In particular, use of the more effective long-acting revers...

    Leevan Tibaijuka, Robert Odongo, Emma Welikhe, Wilber Mukisa, Lilian Kugonza, Imelda Busingye, Phelomena Nabukalu, Joseph Ngonzi, Stephen B. Asiimwe and Francis Bajunirwe

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:25

    Published on: 4 April 2017

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