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Women's health behaviors and health promotion

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of women’s lifestyle decisions, including fitness, exercise, nutrition, osteoporosis, smoking, disease prevention, and other related aspects.

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  1. Despite availability of modern contraceptive methods and documented unmet need for family planning in Ghana, many women still report forgoing modern contraceptive use due to anticipated side effects. The goal ...

    Authors: Leah A. Schrumpf, Maya J. Stephens, Nathaniel E. Nsarko, Eric Akosah, Joy Noel Baumgartner, Seth Ohemeng-Dapaah and Melissa H. Watt

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:57

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Pregnancy provides an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. This study’s aim was to explore the perspectives of pregnant and postpartum women and obstetric providers around behavioral lifestyle c...

    Authors: Manasa S. Ayyala, Janelle W. Coughlin, Lindsay Martin, Janice Henderson, Nneamaka Ezekwe, Jeanne M. Clark, Lawrence J. Appel and Wendy L. Bennett

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:44

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Little is known about the ocular surface changes over the menstrual cycle in young women and the interactions with lifestyle factors. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the associations betwee...

    Authors: Luisa H. Colorado, Katie Edwards, Lynne Dinh, Sarah Ha, Danica Liu, Annie Luu, Shona Trang, Tina H. Yu-Ting and Katrina L. Schmid

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:23

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The recent focus on increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods has often overlooked the diverse reasons why women may choose less effective methods even when significant access barriers ...

    Authors: Shelly Kaller, Aisha Mays, Lori Freedman, Cynthia C. Harper and M. Antonia Biggs

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:15

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Women of childbearing age are vulnerable to weight gain. This scoping review examines the extent and range of research undertaken to evaluate behavioral interventions to support women of childbearing age to pr...

    Authors: Melinda J. Hutchesson, Mette de Jonge Mulock Houwer, Hannah M. Brown, Siew Lim, Lisa J. Moran, Lisa Vincze, Megan E. Rollo and Jenna L. Hollis

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:14

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Childbirth is a major risk factor for urinary incontinence (UI). As a result, pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) is commonly recommended during and after pregnancy to prevent the onset of UI. PFMT is often cl...

    Authors: Aileen Grant and Sinead Currie

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:9

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Uganda’s fertility was almost unchanging until the year 2006 when some reductions became visible. Compared to age at first marriage and contraceptive use, age at sexual debut and family size preferences are ra...

    Authors: Paulino Ariho and Allen Kabagenyi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:8

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The current study is aimed to assess menstruation-related knowledge and practices of adolescent females visiting a public health care institute of Quetta city, Pakistan.

    Authors: Judy Michael, Qaiser Iqbal, Sajjad Haider, Adnan Khalid, Naheed Haque, Rabia Ishaq, Fahad Saleem, Mohamed Azmi Hassali and Mohammad Bashaar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:4

    Content type: Research article

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  9. There is evidence showing the effectiveness of a hypocaloric diet and the increase in physical activity on weight loss. However, the combined role of these factors, not only on weight loss but also body compos...

    Authors: A. Hernández-Reyes, F. Cámara-Martos, R. Molina-Luque, M. Romero-Saldaña, G. Molina-Recio and R. Moreno-Rojas

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:167

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Research indicates that young women are being exposed to increasing pressures to remove pubic hair from their bodies, which has the potential for both negative physical and psychological consequences. Women’s ...

    Authors: Patricia Obst, Katherine White and Ebony Matthews

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:164

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Despite a variety of contraceptives being available for women in South Africa, a considerable number of adolescent girls and young women still face challenges in using them. This paper examines socio-demograph...

    Authors: L. Makola, L. Mlangeni, M. Mabaso, B. Chibi, Z. Sokhela, Z. Silimfe, L. Seutlwadi, D. Naidoo, S. Khumalo, A. Mncadi and K. Zuma

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:158

    Content type: Research article

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  12. While the literature on healthcare decision-making has long focused on doctor-patient interaction, fertility treatment is an exception, characterized by a triangular interplay between the doctor, the woman and...

    Authors: Celia Hoi Yan Chan, Bobo Hi Po Lau, Michelle Yi Jun Tam and Ernest Hung Yu Ng

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:153

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Evidences from various parts of the world reveal that women with disabilities are facing widespread barriers in accessing public services. Service providers and program managers do not grasp the relevance of t...

    Authors: Awol Seid Yimer and Lebitsi Maud Modiba

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:151

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Body temperature is a common method in menstrual cycle phase tracking because of its biphasic form. In ambulatory studies, different skin temperatures have proven to follow a similar pattern. The aim of this p...

    Authors: Anna Maijala, Hannu Kinnunen, Heli Koskimäki, Timo Jämsä and Maarit Kangas

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:150

    Content type: Technical advance

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  15. To evaluate the feasibility and clinical outcomes of vaginoplasties using a neovaginal polylactic acid prosthesis made with 3-dimensional (3D) printing technology as an intraneovaginal mould.

    Authors: Pedro Acién, Francisco J. Nohales-Alfonso, Maria-Luisa Sánchez-Ferrer, Miguel Sánchez-Lozano, Victoria Navarro-Lillo and Maribel Acién

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:144

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Social support may promote healthful behaviors that prevent excess weight at critical periods in women’s life. Our objective was to investigate associations of social support at 6 months postpartum with women’...

    Authors: Sabrina Faleschini, Lynne Millar, Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, Helen Skouteris, Marie-France Hivert and Emily Oken

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:143

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There is limited research defining the true prevalence of anal incontinence (AI) in women of childbearing age. Understanding the limitations of the current assessment tools in the identification of AI is param...

    Authors: Julie Tucker, Elizabeth Mary Ann Murphy, Mary Steen and Vicki L. Clifton

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:142

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Cervical cancer knowledge and awareness, as well as an individual’s perceptions about cervical cancer have been shown to significantly influence the screening practices of female students. Despite these studie...

    Authors: Francis Mensah Annan, Kwaku Oppong Asante and Nuworza Kugbey

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:140

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is increasingly being identified as a problem around the world. Women can have problems in various parts of the sexual cycle - desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm or they may e...

    Authors: Farah Safdar, Chui Lee Julia Eng, Khin Lay Wai, Wan Shi Tey and Seng Bin Ang

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:137

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Cervical cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer related deaths in 2013 among women in Zambia. We determined factors associated with vaginal douching with any solution oth...

    Authors: Twaambo Euphemia Hamoonga, Pawel Olowski and Patrick Musonda

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:135

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Cerebellar ataxia affects individuals in reproductive age. To date, few clinical cases of cerebellar ataxia and involvement of the cerebellum in sexual response were reported. We report a case of a woman that ...

    Authors: Carmen López-Sosa, Jorge Gámez-Zapata, Helena Iglesias-de-Sena and Montserrat Alonso-Sardón

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:133

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Infection by HIV and other STIs and unplanned pregnancies are among the most serious problems associated with sexuality. Male and female condoms are the only dual-purpose devices to control both unplanned preg...

    Authors: Vallejo-Medina Pablo, Ramírez Carlos Eduardo, Saavedra-Roa Diego Alejandro, Gómez-Lugo Mayra and Pérez-Durán Claudia

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:128

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Cervical cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer affecting the lives of women. It causes hundreds of thousands of death among women annually worldwide. When a woman is screened for cervical cancer ...

    Authors: Tadesse Nigussie, Bitiya Admassu and Aderajew Nigussie

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:127

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Women in the US have access to various hormonal contraceptive methods that can regulate menstruation. This study examined the attitudes and perceptions of reproductive-aged women toward contraceptive methods, ...

    Authors: Andrea L. DeMaria, Beth Sundstrom, Stephanie Meier and Abigail Wiseley

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:125

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the common vaginal infections among childbearing women. The usual treatment for BV is metronidazole; hence 30% of women have recurrence within 60 to 90 days after treatment. ...

    Authors: Mohamed A. Abd El Aziz, Foruzan Sharifipour, Parvin Abedi, Shayesteh Jahanfar and Helen Marie Judge

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:121

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Women with a higher number of pregnancies have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Subtle fluctuations in albumin excretion could be related to pathophysiologic changes in the vascular system....

    Authors: Kan Sun, Diaozhu Lin, Feng Qiling, Feng Li, Yiqin Qi, Wanting Feng, Meng Ren, Li Yan and Dan Liu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:117

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS, with Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda accounting for 48% of new infections. A systematic review of the HIV burden among women en...

    Authors: Fred M. Ssewamala, Ozge Sensoy Bahar, Yesim Tozan, Proscovia Nabunya, Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson, Joshua Kiyingi, Joseph Kagaayi, Scarlett Bellamy, Mary M. McKay and Susan S. Witte

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:111

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Women in Tanzania report a high unmet need for both information about and access to family planning. Prior studies have demonstrated the complex and variable relationship between religious faith and beliefs ab...

    Authors: Radhika Sundararajan, Lauren Mica Yoder, Albert Kihunrwa, Christine Aristide, Samuel E. Kalluvya, David J. Downs, Agrey H. Mwakisole and Jennifer A. Downs

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:99

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer and a major cause of morbidity and mortality among women in Zimbabwe yet it is preventable, early detectable and highly curable. The objective of this study was to inv...

    Authors: O. Tapera, G. Dreyer, W. Kadzatsa, A. M. Nyakabau, B. Stray-Pedersen and Hendricks SJH

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:91

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Women with gestational diabetes have low diet quality. We evaluated the effectiveness of a group-based lifestyle modification program for improvement of dietary quality in women with previous gestational diabe...

    Authors: Sharleen O’Reilly, Vincent Versace, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Siew Lim, Edward Janus and James Dunbar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:88

    Content type: Research article

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  31. \Most college women use the combined oral contraceptive pill (COC) despite more effective long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (e.g., IUDs and implant) being available. Resistance to change metho.....

    Authors: Andrea L. DeMaria, Beth Sundstrom, Amy A. Faria, Grace Moxley Saxon and Jaziel Ramos-Ortiz

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:82

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Endometriosis is a chronic condition, requiring long-term care as there is no cure. Self-management is the active participation of a person in managing their chronic condition and has been associated with impr...

    Authors: Rebecca O’Hara, Heather Rowe and Jane Fisher

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:80

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Restrictive abortion laws are the single most important determinant of unsafe abortion, a major, yet preventable, global health issue. While reviews have been conducted on the extent of the phenomenon, no stud...

    Authors: Sonia Chemlal and Giuliano Russo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:55

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Understanding reasons for and impact of women’s toileting behaviors on bladder health is important to prevent and manage urinary incontinence (UI) and overactive bladder (OAB).

    Authors: Mary H. Palmer, Jennifer M. Wu, Celine S. Marquez, Betty Rupp, Mitchell M. Conover and Diane K. Newman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:44

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Cervical screening attendance among 50–64 year-olds is suboptimal. Understanding attitudes to screening and reasons for non-attendance in older women will help to identify the content of interventions for this...

    Authors: Laura Marlow, Emily McBride, Laura Varnes and Jo Waller

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:38

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The risk for obesity-related diseases increases with the prevalence of obesity. In obesity, adipokines secreted from adipose tissue induce inflammation, causing adverse effects. Recently, adipokines such as ap...

    Authors: Sun-Hwa Jang, Il-Young Paik, Jae-Hoon Ryu, Tae-Hyung Lee and Dae-Eun Kim

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:23

    Content type: Research article

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  37. To describe sexual risk behavior, alcohol (and other substance) use, and perceived health promotion needs among young adult women seeking care from an urban reproductive health care clinic in the Northeastern ...

    Authors: Alyssa L. Norris, Carla Rich, Naomi Krieger, Kate M. Guthrie, Clair Kaplan, Kate B. Carey and Michael P. Carey

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:15

    Content type: Research article

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  38. In many European countries, women have a higher sickness absence rate than men.

    Authors: Madelaine Törnquist Agosti, Ingemar Andersson, Åsa Bringsén and Ann-Christin Janlöv

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:7

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Osteoporosis is a skeletal metabolic disorder characterized by low bone mineral density (BMD) and reduced bone strength leading to higher bone fractures risk. The present study attempted to investigate the eff...

    Authors: Hamid Arazi, Mahbobeh Samadpour and Ehsan Eghbali

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:202

    Content type: Research article

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  40. In Mozambique, both the government and partners have undertaken efforts over the last decade to improve FP (family planning) services, especially through training health care providers and promoting the uptake...

    Authors: Anna Galle, Heleen Vermandere, Sally Griffin, Málica de Melo, Lino Machaieie, Dirk Van Braeckel and Olivier Degomme

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:201

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Previous studies have shown that woman attending their first cervical screening or colposcopy appointment experience negative emotions, primarily anxiety and fear. With the introduction of the Human Papillomav...

    Authors: Ailie Young, Seonaidh Cotton and Margaret Eleanor Cruickshank

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:200

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Unplanned pregnancy is a significant problem in Australia. Local data pertaining to use of the levonorgestrel-releasing intra-uterine device (LNG-IUD), and associated factors are limited. The aim of this analy...

    Authors: Amie L. Bingham, Cameryn C. Garrett, Christine Bayly, Anne M. Kavanagh, Louise A. Keogh, Rebecca J. Bentley and Jane S. Hocking

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:194

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The postpartum period is an opportune time for contraception adoption, as women have extended interaction with the reproductive healthcare system and therefore more opportunity to learn about and adopt contrac...

    Authors: Nerissa Nance, Lauren Ralph, Nancy Padian, Frances Cowan, Raluca Buzdugan, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva and Sandra I McCoy

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:193

    Content type: Research article

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  44. The French national cancer institute (INCa) conducted a series of studies to assist decision-making in view of the implementation of organised cervical cancer screening that will be launched in 2018. The progr...

    Authors: Sylviane Darquy, Grégoire Moutel, Odile Jullian, Stéphanie Barré and Nathalie Duchange

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:192

    Content type: Debate

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  45. Contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for married women aged 15–49 in Ethiopia is 36%, with 35% using modern methods and 1% using traditional methods. However, the discontinuation rate is fairly high. Women usua...

    Authors: Nigisti Belete, Ayalnesh Zemene, Hadgay Hagos and Abere Yekoye

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:190

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Women at an increased risk of ovarian cancer often have to decide for or against the surgical removal of their healthy ovaries to reduce their cancer risk. This decision can be extremely difficult. Despite thi...

    Authors: Anne Herrmann, Alix Hall and Anthony Proietto

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:184

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Menstruation is a universal aspect of human female reproductive life. Management of menstrual flow presents hygiene challenges to girls and women in low-income countries, especially when they first start their...

    Authors: L. Lewis Wall, Kibrom Teklay, Alem Desta and Shewaye Belay

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:183

    Content type: Research article

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  48. To evaluate fertility knowledge and awareness among infertile women attending an Indian assisted fertility clinic and their understanding of the menstrual cycle, how age affects fertility and need for assisted...

    Authors: Reeta Mahey, Monica Gupta, Shobha Kandpal, Neena Malhotra, Perumal Vanamail, Neeta Singh and Alka Kriplani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:177

    Content type: Research article

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  49. Miscarriage is a common event which is estimated to occur in approximately one in four confirmed pregnancies (Collins et al, Grief Matters Aust J Grief Bereave_ 17:44, 2014, St John et al, Aust J Adv Nurs_ 23:...

    Authors: Clare Bellhouse, Meredith J. Temple-Smith and Jade E. Bilardi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:176

    Content type: Research article

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