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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. Content type: Study protocol

    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

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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

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  5. Content type: Research article

    \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

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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

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  10. Content type: Research article

    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

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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

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  13. Content type: Research article

    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

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Debate

    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

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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

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  21. Content type: Research article

    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

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  22. Content type: Research article

    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

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  23. Content type: Research article

    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

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  24. Content type: Research article

    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

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  25. Content type: Research article

    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

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  26. Content type: Research article

    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

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  27. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. Content type: Research article

    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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  29. Content type: Research article

    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

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  30. Content type: Research article

    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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  31. Content type: Research article

    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

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  32. Content type: Research article

    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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  33. Content type: Research article

    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

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  34. Content type: Research article

    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

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  35. Content type: Research article

    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

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  36. Content type: Research article

    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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  37. Content type: Research article

    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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  38. Content type: Research article

    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

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Women who have been treated for breast cancer may identify vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats (HFNS), as a serious problem. HFNS are unpleasant to experience and can have a significant im...

    Authors: Deborah Fenlon, Jacqueline Nuttall, Carl May, James Raftery, Jo Fields, Emma Kirkpatrick, Julia Abab, Mary Ellis, Taylor Rose, Priya Khambhaita, Angeliki Galanopoulou, Tom Maishman, Jo Haviland, Gareth Griffiths, Lesley Turner and Myra Hunter

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:63

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Dysmenorrhea is one of the most common gynecologic disorders and a frequently observed cause of anxiety and discomfort among female adolescents. Its prevalence varies between 16% and 91% in women of reproducti...

    Authors: Abebaw Abeje Muluneh, Tewodros seyuom Nigussie, Kahsay Zenebe Gebreslasie, Kiber Temesgen Anteneh and Zemenu Yohannes Kassa

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:57

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The vaginal microbiome influences quality of life and health. The composition of vaginal microbiota can be affected by various health behaviors, such as vaginal douching. The purpose of this study was to exami...

    Authors: Sara E. Crann, Shannon Cunningham, Arianne Albert, Deborah M. Money and Kieran C. O’Doherty

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:52

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an instrumental role in promoting socio-behavioural change at the community level, which results in changed indicators of community health. While outcomes are mostly review...

    Authors: Anagha Anand Mahajani, Abhijit Shrinivas Prabhughate, Pearl Tiwari, Shubhangi Sohoni, Ajay Gajanan Phatak, Vallaree Anant Morgaonkar and Somashekhar Marutirao Nimbalkar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:42

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes (GDM) is associated with health risks for both mother and child, and is particularly relevant to migrant women and women of African origin. With today’s extensive global migration, contact...

    Authors: Katarina Hjelm, Karin Bard and Jan Apelqvist

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:34

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an essential aspect of hygiene for women and adolescent girls between menarche and menopause. Despite being an important issue concerning women and girls in the menstruati...

    Authors: Shyam Sundar Budhathoki, Meika Bhattachan, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Reshu Agrawal Sagtani, Rajan Bikram Rayamajhi, Pramila Rai and Gaurav Sharma

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:33

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Milk is known to contain various nutrients that may have health benefits for postmenopausal women who are at an increased risk of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. We investigated the association be...

    Authors: Yuri Sukenobe, Masakazu Terauchi, Asuka Hirose, Miho Hirano, Mihoko Akiyoshi, Kiyoko Kato and Naoyuki Miyasaka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:32

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