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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Postpartum weight retention (PPWR) causes intergenerational harm, negatively affecting a mother’s cardiovascular health and ability to have future healthy pregnancies. Low-income minority women are at highest ...

    Authors: Charmaine Wright, Marjie Mogul, Glamarys Acevedo, Jaya Aysola, Florence Momplaisir, Sandy Schwartz and Judy Shea

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:27

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  24. Improved antiretroviral treatments and decrease in vertical transmission of HIV have led to a higher number of women living with HIV to consider childbearing. However, stigma and social rejection result in spe...

    Authors: Debora Alvarez-del Arco, Sabela Rodríguez, Mª. Jesús Pérez-Elías, Jose Ramón Blanco, Sandra Cuellar, Jorge del Romero, Ignacio Santos, Vicente Boix, Mar Masiá, Lydia Pascual and Victoria Hernando

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:24

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  25. In India, community health workers’ (CHW) effectiveness in providing home-based neonatal care (HBNC) has been well documented. The nature of challenges faced and strategies adopted while providing HBNC service...

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

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:17

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  26. Urinary incontinence (UI) is a distressing condition affecting at least 5 million women in England and Wales. Traditionally, physiotherapy for UI comprises pelvic floor muscle training, but although evidence s...

    Authors: Adi Lausen, Louise Marsland, Samantha Head, Joanna Jackson and Berthold Lausen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:16

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  27. The objective of this study was to assess the level of knowledge of cervical cancer among Bangladeshi women and to assess their willingness to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

    Authors: Jessica Yasmine Islam, Fatema Khatun, Anadil Alam, Farhana Sultana, Afsana Bhuiyan, Nazmul Alam, Laura Reichenbach, Lena Marions, Mustafizur Rahman and Quamrun Nahar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:15

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  28. No studies illustrating the coping behaviors of mothers experiencing physical and mental subjective symptoms, or the factors that contribute to these behaviors, have been investigated. Therefore, the present s...

    Authors: Misato Kaso, Kikuko Miyazaki and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:14

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  29. The association between gynecological diagnoses and their distribution in the health sectors provides benefits in the field of women’s health promotion and in medical and interdisciplinary education, along wit...

    Authors: Adna Thaysa Marcial da Silva, Camila Lohmann Menezes, Edige Felipe de Sousa Santos, Paulo Francisco Ramos Margarido, José Maria Soares Jr, Edmund Chada Baracat, Luiz Carlos de Abreu and Isabel Cristina Esposito Sorpreso

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:8

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  30. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a significant problem worldwide particularly in women. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) in comparison...

    Authors: Amreen Naqash, Rifat Ara and Ghulam N. Bader

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:6

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  31. Although the overall rate of smoking in Australia continues to decline, the rate of decline has begun to slow. Rates of smoking among young women in Australia have been a particular concern, which has led to t...

    Authors: Zoi Triandafilidis, Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz and Kate Huppatz

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:5

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  32. Management of menstruation can present substantial challenges to girls in low-income settings. In preparation for a menstrual hygiene intervention to reduce school absenteeism in Uganda, this study aimed to in...

    Authors: George Miiro, Rwamahe Rutakumwa, Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Kevin Nakuya, Saidat Musoke, Juliet Namakula, Suzanna Francis, Belen Torondel, Lorna J. Gibson, David A. Ross and Helen A. Weiss

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:4

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  33. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of message framing on women’s intention to perform cytomegalovirus (CMV) prevention behaviors involving handwashing, not sharing food and eating utensils, n...

    Authors: Rosemary Thackeray, Brianna M. Magnusson and Emily M. Christensen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:134

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  34. An estimated 1 in 150 infants is born each year with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV); nearly 1 in 750 suffers permanent disabilities. Congenital CMV is the result of a pregnant woman becoming infected with CM...

    Authors: Denise M. Levis, Christina L. Hillard, Simani M. Price, Erika Reed-Gross, Erika Bonilla, Minal Amin, Jennifer D. Stowell, Rebekah Clark, Delaney Johnson, Karen Mask, Cynthia Carpentieri and Michael J. Cannon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:131

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  35. Women’s physical and mental ill-health such as stress-related symptoms, depression, pain, hypertension and urogenital health shows a marked increase around the ages 45–55 years. These women are an important gr...

    Authors: Lena Rindner, Gunilla Strömme, Lena Nordeman, Margareta Wigren, Dominique Hange, Ronny Gunnarsson and Gun Rembeck

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:128

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  36. Young people living with perinatally-acquired HIV require age-appropriate support regarding sex and relationships as they progress towards adulthood. HIV affects both genders but evidence suggests that young w...

    Authors: Gertrude Mwalabu, Catrin Evans and Sarah Redsell

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:125

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  37. The economic boom in Saudi Arabia indirectly prompted the use of dietary supplements in the last two decades. Our aim is to investigate the prevalence of dietary supplement use and its association with sociode...

    Authors: Hanan Alfawaz, Nasiruddin Khan, Aziza Alfaifi, Fatima M. Shahrani, Huda M. Al Tameem, Seetah F. Al Otaibi, Weaam I. Abudigin, Mohammad S. Al-Shayaa, Saad A. Al-Ghanim and Nasser M. Al-Daghri

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:116

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  38. The INPAC project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of integrated post-abortion family planning (PAFP) services into existing hospital based abortion services in China. A qualitative study was conducted in th...

    Authors: Yan Che, Esther Dusabe-Richards, Shangchun Wu, Yi Jiang, Xiaojing Dong, Jian Li, Wei-Hong Zhang, Marleen Temmerman and Rachel Tolhurst

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:113

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  39. Previous studies have shown that depressive symptoms in middle-aged women were associated with a number of factors such as climacteric symptoms. Nevertheless, studies based on population-based data with a wide...

    Authors: Kun-Wei Tsai, Shih-Chun Lin and Malcolm Koo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:103

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  40. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:95

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  41. 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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:80

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  42. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:79

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  43. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a major cause of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) strategies h...

    Authors: Noel Vieira, Dlama Nggida Rasmussen, Inês Oliveira, Aureliano Gomes, Peter Aaby, Christian Wejse, Morten Sodemann, Lucy Reynolds and Holger W. Unger

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:71

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  44. Despite years of growing concern about poor provider attitudes and women experiencing mistreatment during facility based childbirth, there are limited interventions that specifically focus on addressing these ...

    Authors: Charlotte E Warren, Charity Ndwiga, Pooja Sripad, Melissa Medich, Anne Njeru, Alice Maranga, George Odhiambo and Timothy Abuya

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:69

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  45. Many people, although they may recognise the positive effects of exercise, do not exercise regularly owing to lack of time. This study aimed to investigate the effects of prolonged single-session exercise and ...

    Authors: JinWook Chung, KwangJun Kim, Jeeyoung Hong and Hyoun-Joong Kong

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:65

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