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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: 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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    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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    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Research article

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Research article

    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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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  12. Content type: Research article

    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. Content type: Research article

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    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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  22. Content type: Research article

    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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. Content type: Research article

    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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  25. Content type: Research article

    To assess the attitude to and perception of transvaginal sonography (TVS) among Nigerian women of mixed educational status in order to ascertain factors that may prevent them from submitting to TVS when recomm...

    Authors: Mark C Okeji, Kennedy K Agwuna, Chika N Ihudiebube-Splendor, Iliyasu Y Izge, Kelechi K Ekuma and Jennifer O Emeter

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:54

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Shoulder pain and pain in the upper abdomen are common complaints after laparoscopy, sometimes surpassing the pain at incision sites. The incidence of shoulder pain ranges from 35 to 80%. Post-laparoscopic pai...

    Authors: J. E. W. van Dijk, S. J. Dedden, P. M. A. J. Geomini, P. Meijer, N. van Hanegem and M. Y. Bongers

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:42

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Effective female education on cervical cancer prevention has been shown to increase awareness and uptake of screening. However, sustaining increase in uptake poses a challenge to control efforts. Peer health e...

    Authors: Chinyere Mbachu, Cyril Dim and Uche Ezeoke

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:41

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies were conflicting regarding the associations between HPV vaccination, cervical cancer risk perceptions, high-risk sexual behaviors and STIs. This study compared the HPV-vaccinated and non-vacci...

    Authors: Edward Kumakech, Sören Andersson, Henry Wabinga, Caroline Musubika, Samuel Kirimunda and Vanja Berggren

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:40

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Lack of data on skin whitening (SW) among Cameroonian female university students prompted us to undertake the present study which aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations of femal...

    Authors: Emmanuel Armand Kouotou, Jobert Richie N. Nansseu, Hugues Adegbidi, Theophane Christel Joel Zoa Mebara and Elie Claude Ndjitoyap Ndam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:33

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Modifiable health risk factors (MHRFs) significantly affect morbidity and mortality rates and frequently occur in specific combinations or risk clusters. Using five MHRFs (smoking, high-risk alcohol consumptio...

    Authors: Franziska Jentsch, Jennifer Allen, Judith Fuchs and Elena von der Lippe

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:23

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  31. Content type: Research article

    A vast amount of literature exists concerning pharmaceutical adherence in osteoporosis. However, the process of learning to live with osteoporosis over time remains largely unknown. The purpose of this study w...

    Authors: Carrinna A. Hansen, Bo Abrahamsen, Hanne Konradsen and Birthe D. Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:17

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may experience sexual dysfunction because of symptoms or adverse effects from treatments. Data on female sexual dysfunction (FSD) in Asian females with RA issue are limi...

    Authors: Miao-Chiu Lin, Ming-Chi Lu, Hanoch Livneh, Ning-Sheng Lai, How-Ran Guo and Tzung-Yi Tsai

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:12

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women in Uganda, often due to late disease diagnosis. Early screening for the cancer has been shown to be the most effective measure against ...

    Authors: Trasias Mukama, Rawlance Ndejjo, Angele Musabyimana, Abdullah Ali Halage and David Musoke

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:9

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Probiotics are widely used to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health, but they may also be useful to prevent or treat gynaecological disorders, including bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candidiasis. BV prevalence i...

    Authors: Anna-Ursula Happel, Shameem Z. Jaumdally, Tanya Pidwell, Tracy Cornelius, Heather B. Jaspan, Remy Froissart, Shaun L. Barnabas and Jo-Ann S. Passmore

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:7

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    Over the past decade the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has increased rapidly in both developed and developing countries and has become a growing health concern worldwide. A recent systemati...

    Authors: Tasneem Khan, Shelley Macaulay, Shane A. Norris, Lisa K. Micklesfield and Estelle D. Watson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:66

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  36. Content type: Research article

    To assess the effect of brisk walking on postural stability, bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition in women over 50 years of age with a sedentary occupation.

    Authors: Aleš Gába, Roman Cuberek, Zdeněk Svoboda, František Chmelík, Jana Pelclová, Michal Lehnert and Karel Frömel

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:63

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    In the United States, over 34 million American post-menopausal women have low bone mass (osteopenia) which increases their risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Calcium, vitamin D and exercise are recommended fo...

    Authors: Laura D. Bilek, Nancy L. Waltman, Joan M. Lappe, Kevin A. Kupzyk, Lynn R. Mack, Diane M. Cullen, Kris Berg, Meghan Langel, Melissa Meisinger, Ashlee Portelli-Trinidad and Molly Lang

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:59

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Kenya’s high maternal mortality ratio can be partly explained by the low proportion of women delivering in health facilities attended by skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Many women continue to give birth at ho...

    Authors: Tanya Caulfield, Pamela Onyo, Abbey Byrne, John Nduba, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan and Michelle Kermode

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:52

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To assess the demographic and attitudinal factors associated with HPV vaccine initiation and completion among 18–26 year old women in Utah.

    Authors: Andrew R. Wilson, Mia Hashibe, Julia Bodson, Lisa H. Gren, Brooke A. Taylor, Jessica Greenwood, Brian R. Jackson, Rosemary She, Marlene J. Egger and Deanna Kepka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:41

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer preventive behaviors have an extreme effect on women’s health. Despite the benefits of preventive behaviors regarding breast cancer, they have not been implemented as routine care for healthy wom...

    Authors: Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Fereshteh Majlessi, Ali Montazeri, Tahereh Pashaei, Ali Gholami and Koen Ponnet

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:40

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2016 16:53

  41. Content type: Research article

    Changing trends demonstrate that women, in a number of economically-developed countries, are drinking at higher levels than ever before. Exploring key targets for intervention, this study examined the extent t...

    Authors: Helen M. Haydon, Patricia L. Obst and Ioni Lewis

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:36

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  42. Content type: Research article

    In low- and middle-income countries, many women continue working later into pregnancy. In our recent study on some areas in rural China, most women stopped working already during the first trimester (≤3 months...

    Authors: Subas Neupane, Bright I. Nwaru, Zhuochun Wu and Elina Hemminki

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:34

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity is among the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Saudi Arabia has just begun to address physical inactivity as recent studies have shown an alarming prevalence of insufficie...

    Authors: Nada M. Albawardi, Hoda Jradi and Hazzaa M. Al-Hazzaa

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:33

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Several studies of smoking cessation programs in clinical settings have revealed poorer outcomes for women compared to men, including counselling alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy. The objective of ...

    Authors: Nadia Minian, Jessica Penner, Sabrina Voci and Peter Selby

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:17

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  45. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed the perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and monitored changes in response to a lifestyle intervention.

    Authors: Rebecca L. Thomson, Jonathan D. Buckley and Grant D. Brinkworth

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2016 16:14

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Chronic disease is the leading global health threat and impairs patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Low health literacy is linked with chronic diseases prevalence and poor HRQoL. However, the int...

    Authors: Cuili Wang, Robert L Kane, Dongjuan Xu and Qingyue Meng

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2015 15:34

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