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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. \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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Pubic hair grooming, including the complete removal of pubic hair, has become an increasingly common practice, particularly among young women. Although widespread, there is limited data regarding the methods, ...

    Authors: Abdulrahim A. Rouzi, Rigmor C. Berg, Jamela Turkistani, Rana Alamoudi, Nawal Alsinani, Souzan Alkafy and Ahmad Alwazzan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:172

    Content type: Research article

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  33. In preventing the transfer of HIV to their children, the Ministry of Health in Mozambique recommends all couples follow medical advice prior to a pregnancy. However, little is known about how such women experi...

    Authors: Carlos Eduardo Cuinhane, Kristien Roelens, Christophe Vanroelen, Samuel Quive and Gily Coene

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:166

    Content type: Research article

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  34. By 2030, the Sub-Saharan African region is projected to be the epicenter of the tobacco epidemic. While smoking prevalence is currently low among women (< 2%), the prevalence among men (7.7% overall and up to ...

    Authors: Anne Berit Petersen, Lisa M. Thompson, Gezahegn Bekele Dadi, Alemu Tolcha and Janine K. Cataldo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:154

    Content type: Research article

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  35. In the last thirty years there has been a rise in harmful alcohol use amongst White British women. Approaches to alcohol harm reduction typically position drinking as an individual behaviour, with an emphasis ...

    Authors: Katherine Jackson, Tracy Finch, Eileen Kaner and Janice McLaughlin

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:137

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  36. Persistent low rates of spacing contraceptive use among young wives in rural India have been implicated in ongoing negative maternal, infant and child health outcomes throughout the country. Gender inequity ha...

    Authors: Holly B. Shakya, Anindita Dasgupta, Mohan Ghule, Madhusudana Battala, Niranjan Saggurti, Balaiah Donta, Saritha Nair, Jay Silverman and Anita Raj

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:147

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  37. Women who exercise intensively, whether competitive or recreational, devote a lot of time and energy into exercise, which requires high levels of ambition and motivation. The aim of the study is to investigate...

    Authors: Kirsten K. Roessler and Ashley E. Muller

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:146

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Preventive behaviors regarding cervical cancer are essential for women’s health. Even though many studies have addressed women’s knowledge and attitudes toward cervical cancer, little information is available ...

    Authors: Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Fatemeh Yargholi, Fatemeh Jafari and Koen Ponnet

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:145

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  39. Persistent infection with certain subtypes of human papillomavirus (HPV) is a necessary cause of cervical cancer. Although two prophylactic vaccines have been licensed in Canada against cancerous subtypes of H...

    Authors: Rachel Fernandes, Beth K. Potter and Julian Little

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:134

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The YAM DAABO study (“your choice” in Mooré) takes place in Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has the objective to identify a package of postpartum family planning (PPFP) interventions to s...

    Authors: Nguyen Toan Tran, Wambi Maurice E. Yameogo, Félicité Langwana, Mary Eluned Gaffield, Armando Seuc, Asa Cuzin-Kihl, Seni Kouanda, Désiré Mashinda, Blandine Thieba, Rachel Yodi, Jean Nyandwe Kyloka, Tieba Millogo, Abou Coulibaly, Basele Bolangala, Souleymane Zan, Brigitte Kini…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:122

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  41. Predictors of trust in healthcare providers and the healthcare system have never been studied in Korean Americans (KA) despite the fact that trust plays an important role in health behaviors. The purpose of th...

    Authors: Hye Chong Hong, Hyeonkyeong Lee, Eileen G. Collins, Chang Park, Lauretta Quinn and Carol Estwing Ferrans

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:109

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women worldwide. Majority of the cases are found in developing countries. The increasing risk of cervical cancer death and the high prevalence of human ...

    Authors: Abebe Dires Nega, Mulat Adefris Woldetsadik and Abebaw Addis Gelagay

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:87

    Content type: Research article

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  43. In Japan, although the number of females who continue to work after marriage has recently increased, the proportion of those working while parenting their infants is still not clearly increasing, indicating th...

    Authors: Reiko Suga, Mayumi Tsuji, Rie Tanaka, Eiji Shibata, Masayuki Tanaka, Ayako Senju, Shunsuke Araki, Seiichi Morokuma, Masafumi Sanefuji, Masako Oda, Nathan Mise, Yosuke Baba, Mina Hayama-Terada, Koichi Kusuhara, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Takahiko Katoh…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:86

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Despite the large-scale investment in access to contraceptives, high population growth and unintended pregnancies are posing pressures in Ethiopia where the economy is incapable of holding overpopulation. The ...

    Authors: Setegn Tigabu, Tesfa Demelew, Awol Seid, Bisrate Sime and Tsegahun Manyazewal

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:85

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  45. Postnatal care service enables health professionals to identify post-delivery problems including potential complications for the mother with her baby and to provide treatments promptly. In Ethiopia, postnatal ...

    Authors: Genet Gebrehiwot, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Gebreamlak Gidey and Kidan Abrha

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:78

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  46. Dysmenorrhea is one of the most prevalent gynecological disorders, experienced by approximately two third of young women during menstruation. According to literature, nutrition can play a key role in the preva...

    Authors: Nastaran Najafi, Hamidreza Khalkhali, Fatemeh Moghaddam Tabrizi and Rasoul Zarrin

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:69

    Content type: Research article

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