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  1. Research article

    Women’s experiences seeking informal sector abortion services in Cape Town, South Africa: a descriptive study

    In settings where abortion is legally restricted, or permitted but not widely accessible, women face significant barriers to abortion access, sometimes leading them to seek services outside legal facilities. T...

    Caitlin Gerdts, Sarah Raifman, Kristen Daskilewicz, Mariette Momberg, Sarah Roberts and Jane Harries

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:95

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Neuroticism-related personality traits are associated with posttraumatic stress after abortion: findings from a Swedish multi-center cohort study

    Most women who choose to terminate a pregnancy cope well following an abortion, although some women experience severe psychological distress. The general interpretation in the field is that the most consistent...

    Inger Wallin Lundell, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Lisa Ekselius, Susanne Georgsson, Örjan Frans, Lotti Helström, Ulf Högberg and Agneta Skoog Svanberg

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:96

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  3. Research article

    Aggressive behaviour among drug-using women from Cape Town, South Africa: ethnicity, heavy alcohol use, methamphetamine and intimate partner violence

    Women have generally been found to be the victims of violence, but scant attention has been paid to the characteristics of women who perpetrate aggression and violence. In South Africa, violence is a prevalent...

    Tara Carney, Bronwyn Myers, Tracy L. Kline, Kim Johnson and Wendee M. Wechsberg

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:93

    Published on: 30 September 2017

  4. Research article

    ‘I stayed with my illness’: a grounded theory study of health seeking behaviour and treatment pathways of patients with obstetric fistula in Kenya

    Obstetric fistula classic symptoms of faecal and urinary incontinence cause women to live with social stigma, isolation, psychological trauma and lose their source of livelihoods. There is a paucity of studies...

    Anne M. Khisa, Grace M. Omoni, Isaac K. Nyamongo and Rachel F. Spitzer

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:92

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Effect of simvastatin on monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression in endometriosis patients: a randomized controlled trial

    Simvastatin is a promising new drug for the treatment of endometriosis. It is a cholesterol-lowering drug that acts by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, resulting in a decrease in mevalonate, a precursor of choles...

    Wanwisa Waiyaput, Somphoch Pumipichet, Sawaek Weerakiet, Sasivimol Rattanasiri and Areepan Sophonsritsuk

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:89

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  6. Research article

    Self-collected vaginal sampling for the detection of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) using careHPV among Ghanaian women

    Detection of genital HPV DNA is recommended as an important strategy for modern cervical cancer screening. Challenges include access to services, the reliance on cervical samples taken by clinicians, and patie...

    Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Florencia Djigma, Anna Hayfron-Benjamin, Latif Abdul, Jacques Simpore and Philippe Mayaud

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:86

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  7. Research article

    AlphaVBeta3 Integrin expression within uterine endometrium in unexplained infertility: a prospective cohort study

    Implantation defect is one of these contributing factors for unexplained infertility. In the mid-luteal phase, when implantation is expected to happen, Integrins expression is remarkably increased. So, Integri...

    Ahmed Elnaggar, Amr H. Farag, Mohamed E. Gaber, Mohamed Abdel Hafeez, Mohamed S. Ali and Alaa M. Atef

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:90

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  8. Study protocol

    An implementation science protocol of the Women’s Health CoOp in healthcare settings in Cape Town, South Africa: A stepped-wedge design

    HIV persists as a public health emergency in South Africa, especially among women of childbearing age. In response to the HIV epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has put forth the 90–90-90...

    Wendee M. Wechsberg, Jacqueline W. Ndirangu, Ilene S. Speizer, William A. Zule, Winnifred Gumula, Courtney Peasant, Felicia A. Browne and Laura Dunlap

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:85

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Frequency and genotypes of Chlamydia trachomatis in patients attending the obstetrics and gynecology clinics in Jalisco, Mexico and correlation with sociodemographic, behavioral, and biological factors

    Chlamydia trachomatis is the causative agent of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency and genotypes...

    Néstor Casillas-Vega, Rayo Morfín-Otero, Santos García, Jorge Llaca-Díaz, Eduardo Rodríguez-Noriega, Adrián Camacho-Ortiz, Ma de la Merced Ayala-Castellanos, Héctor J. Maldonado-Garza, Jesús Ancer-Rodríguez, Guadalupe Gallegos-Ávila, Alberto Niderhauser-García and Elvira Garza-González

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:83

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  10. Research article

    The cedar project: using indigenous-specific determinants of health to predict substance use among young pregnant-involved aboriginal women

    Indigenous women in Canada have been hyper-visible in research, policy and intervention related to substance use during pregnancy; however, little is known about how the social determinants of health and subst...

    Sana Z. Shahram, Joan L. Bottorff, Nelly D. Oelke, Leanne Dahlgren, Victoria Thomas and Patricia M. Spittal

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:84

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  11. Case report

    Benign metastasizing leiomyoma presenting as multiple cystic pulmonary nodules: a case report

    Benign metastatic leiomyoma (BML) is an extremely rare disease. Although uterine leiomyomas are benign histologically, they can metastasize to distant sites. While the incidence is very low, the lung is the or...

    Yeong Hun Choe, So Yeon Jeon, Yoon Chae Lee, Myung Ja Chung, Seung Yong Park, Yong Chul Lee and So Ri Kim

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:81

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  12. Research article

    Inadequate birth spacing is perceived as riskier than all family planning methods, except sterilization and abortion, in a qualitative study among urban Nigerians

    Fertility is high in Nigeria and contraceptive use is low. Little is known about how urban Nigerians perceive the risk of contraceptive use in relation to pregnancy and birth. This study examines and compares ...

    Hilary M. Schwandt, Joanna Skinner, Luciana Estelle Hebert, Lisa Cobb, Abdulmumin Saad and Mojisola Odeku

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:80

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  13. Research article

    Relationship between sleep quality and cardiovascular disease risk in Chinese post-menopausal women

    Menopause is an inevitable stage affecting every middle-aged woman. China has a large and increasing group of post-menopausal women. Most post-menopausal women suffer from increased risks for cardiovascular di...

    Sek Ying Chair, Qun Wang, Ho Yu Cheng, Sally Wai-Sze Lo, Xiao Mei Li, Eliza Mi-Ling Wong and Janet Wing-Hung Sit

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:79

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  14. Research article

    Effect of periodontitis on the development of osteoporosis: results from a nationwide population-based cohort study (2003–2013)

    The prevalence of osteoporosis associated with the aging process is anticipated to increase along with the rising aging population. Periodontitis that the most common chronic infections of humankind is conside...

    Jung-Kyu Choi, Young-Taek Kim, Hye-In Kweon, Eun-Cheol Park, Seong-Ho Choi and Jae-Hong Lee

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:77

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  15. Research article

    Study comparing 3 hour and 24 hour post-operative removal of bladder catheter and vaginal pack following vaginal surgery: a randomised controlled trial

    Traditional practice after vaginal hysterectomy was to keep the vaginal pack and urinary catheter for 24 hours post operatively. But there were studies that prolonged cathterisation was associated with urinary...

    Priya Rajan, S. Soundara Raghavan and Deepak Sharma

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:78

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  16. Study protocol

    3-dimensional versus conventional laparoscopy for benign hysterectomy: protocol for a randomized clinical trial

    Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures for women of reproductive age. Laparoscopy was introduced in the 1990es and is today one of the recommended routes of surgery. A recent observational ...

    Elise Hoffmann, Gitte Bennich, Christian Rifbjerg Larsen, Jannie Lindschou, Janus Christian Jakobsen and Pernille Danneskiold Lassen

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:76

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  17. Research article

    Eating behavior and psychological profile: associations between daughters with distinct eating disorders and their mothers

    Associations of eating behaviors and psychological profile between mothers and daughters with eating disorders exist, but it is important to dissect the influence of the mother in each specific disorder since ...

    Verónica Vázquez-Velázquez, Martha Kaufer-Horwitz, Juan Pablo Méndez, Eduardo García-García and Lucy María Reidl-Martínez

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:74

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  18. Research article

    Factors associated with utilization of long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods among women who have decided not to have more children in Gondar city

    Despite the fact that long acting family planning methods reduce population growth and improve maternal health, their utilization remains poor. Therefore, this study assessed the prevalence of long acting and ...

    Chernet Baye Zenebe, Mulat Adefris, Melaku Kindie Yenit and Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:75

    Published on: 6 September 2017

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