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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. Osteoarthritis is a common disease and one of the most important causes of disability in the elderly that negatively affect the quality of their life. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectivenes...

    Authors: Seyed Sajad Arfaei Chitkar, Hamid Reza Mohaddes Hakkak, Hassan Saadati, Seyed Hamid Hosseini, Yasaman Jafari and Reza Ganji

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:333

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Prevention of BC of which the cornerstone is creating awareness and early detection is important in adolescents and young women because of their worse outcomes. Early detection strategies such as mammography a...

    Authors: Ayebo E. Sadoh, Clement Osime, Damian U. Nwaneri, Bamidele C. Ogboghodo, Charles O. Eregie and Osawaru Oviawe

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:328

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Vulvo-vaginal atrophy (VVA) is one of the common consequences of estrogen deficiency especially after the menopause. Several studies have assessed the effects of Hyaluronic acid (HA) on physical and sexual sym...

    Authors: Nicolas Berreni, Jennifer Salerno, Thierry Chevalier, Sandrine Alonso and Pierre Mares

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:322

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Reproductive coercion (RC) is a common form of violence against women. It can take several expressions aiming at limiting women’s reproductive autonomy. Thus, the frequency and how reproductive coercion can be...

    Authors: Cecilia Brenner, William J. Ugarte, Ida Carlsson and Mariano Salazar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:310

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In October 2019, surgeons from Changi General Hospital (CGH) Breast Centre delivered a series of health talk for its employees to assess the knowledge and perception of breast cancer screening and to improve t...

    Authors: Jeffrey Jun Xian Hing, Wai Peng Lee, Yen Nee Sophia Chua, Pei Ting Tan, Chi Wei Mok, Spoorthi Shetty Sudhakar, Chin Mui Seah and Su-Ming Tan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:308

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Afar region is one of the pastoralist dominated regions in Ethiopia. The region is characterized by a low contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 5.4%. Lack of awareness of contraceptive use, husband objection ...

    Authors: Mussie Alemayehu, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Elizabeth Reed and Afework Mulugeta Bezabih

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:305

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among women of reproductive age in Peru. Screening and early identification of pre-cancerous lesions are a cornerstone of the cervical cancer prevention stra...

    Authors: Michelle M. Pieters, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Emily Coffey, Megan J. Huchko and Lavanya Vasudevan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:304

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Increasing access to safe abortion methods is crucial for improving women’s health. Understanding patterns of service use is important for identifying areas for improvement. Limited evidence is available in Gh...

    Authors: Caesar Agula, Elizabeth G. Henry, Patrick O. Asuming, Charles Agyei-Asabere, Mawuli Kushitor, David Canning, Iqbal Shah and Ayaga A. Bawah

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:300

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Single mothers in South Korea are vulnerable to developing smoking habits, due to many difficulties and limitations; however, they have often been overlooked by smoking cessation support services. Therefore, t...

    Authors: Mi-Ji Lee and Kang-Sook Lee

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:292

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Cervical cancer is considered treatable as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Pap smear test is a screening tool that plays an important role in the early detection, prevention and can preve...

    Authors: Ali Khani Jeihooni, Hanieh Jormand and Pooyan Afzali Harsini

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:290

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Cervical cancer is one of the most frequent types of cancer in females. The Pap smear is one of the most essential ways of diagnosing and screening for this malignancy, and any failure can be caused by a numbe...

    Authors: Tayebeh Marashi, Seyed Fahim Irandoost, Javad Yoosefi Lebni and Goli Soofizad

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:287

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The prevalence of Intimate partner violence (IPV) is higher in societies with higher acceptance of norms that support IPV. In Ethiopia, the proportion of women’s acceptance of IPV was 69%, posing a central cha...

    Authors: Emiru Merdassa Atomssa, Araya Abrha Medhanyie and Girmatsion Fisseha

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:283

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The connections between sleep quality and central obesity among reproductive-aged women are not clear. The study aimed to explore the association between sleep quality and central obesity among Chinese reprodu...

    Authors: Bingbing Li, Nan Liu, Donghui Guo, Bo Li, Yan Liang, Lingling Huang, Xiaoxiao Wang, Zhenzhen Su, Guozeng Zhang and Peixi Wang

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:280

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The majority of postmenopausal breast cancer (PMBC) survivors do not adhere to lifestyle recommendations and have excess body weight. In this group, this is associated with poorer health-related quality of lif...

    Authors: Sandra J. M. van Cappellen-van Maldegem, Floortje Mols, Nicole Horevoorts, Anja de Kruif, Laurien M. Buffart, Dounya Schoormans, Hester Trompetter, Sandra Beijer, Nicole P. M. Ezendam, Michiel de Boer, Renate Winkels, Ellen Kampman, Jantine Schuit, Lonneke van de Poll-Franse, Jacob C. Seidell and Meeke Hoedjes

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:268

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Iron deficiency anemia disrupts the concentration of adolescent girls; reduces their academic achievement, productivity, and physical strength, and increases the risk of infection. This research aim was to eva...

    Authors: Ali Khani Jeihooni, Sanaz Hoshyar, Pooyan Afzali Harsini and Tayebeh Rakhshani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:256

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Superwoman refers to the identity of a woman who performs several important roles simultaneously and full-time, such as being a wife, mother, and homemaker while holding a job. This study aims to examine the c...

    Authors: Maryam Nosrati Beigzadeh, Hossein Ghamari Givi, Ali Rezaei Sharif, Ali Sheykholeslami, Leila Reisy and Hadi Hassankhani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:227

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Prior to implementing a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) demonstration study, we sought to explore cisgender women’s experiences with HIV prevention, PrEP knowledge and attitudes, and anticipated barriers and f...

    Authors: Elizabeth C. Pasipanodya, Jamila Stockman, Thupten Phuntsog, Sheldon Morris, Christina Psaros, Raphael Landovitz, K. Rivet Amico, David J. Moore and Jill Blumenthal

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:220

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Siaya County in Western Kenya has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Kenya. We sought to elucidate factors that influence mothers’ decisions regarding where to seek obstetrical care, to inform inte...

    Authors: Grace Umutesi, Matthew D. McEvoy, Kemberlee Bonnet, Sophie Druffner, David G. Schlundt, Harrysone E. Atieli, Joy N. China, Kennedy Onyango and Mark W. Newton

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:210

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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

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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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