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Women's public health issues

This section considers studies regarding issues women face in the developed and the developing world, including violence, conflict, poverty, discrimination, and other social, psychological, and biological factors.

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  1. Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been recognized as a defining human rights, development and public health issue of our time. Economic empowerment is one of the most promising interventions to reduce IPV i...

    Authors: Heidi Stöckl, Anushé Hassan, Meghna Ranganathan and Abigail M. Hatcher

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:241

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is a major global priority. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Building the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Burkina Faso (BRB) proj...

    Authors: Benjamin T. Crookston, Josh H. West, Siena F. Davis, P. Cougar Hall, Greg Seymour and Bobbi L. Gray

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:230

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Loneliness in mothers raising children under 3 years of age is a major challenge. The purpose of this study was to identify the individual, family, and community factors associated with loneliness among mother...

    Authors: Azusa Arimoto and Etsuko Tadaka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:226

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Violence against women places them in a vulnerable position with regard to homelessness. Although sometimes invisible, women’s homelessness is a complex reality shrouded in dramatic biographies that should be ...

    Authors: Clara Isabel Posada-Abadía, Carolina Marín-Martín, Cristina Oter-Quintana and María Teresa González-Gil

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:216

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Female genital mutilation is common in Sierra Leone. Evidence indicates that empowering women provides protective benefits against female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Yet, the relationship between women...

    Authors: Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Seun Anjorin, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Olalekan A. Uthman, Mpho Keetile and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:200

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly, increasing the stress and challenges for healthcare professionals around the world. This study aims to discover the psychosocial, emotional and pr...

    Authors: Sumbal Shahbaz, Muhammad Zeshan Ashraf, Rubeena Zakar and Florian Fischer

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:197

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Clinical trials have found that a monthly dapivirine vaginal ring was well-tolerated and reduced HIV-1 risk among women in sub-Saharan Africa. However, in order for the ring or other novel prevention methods t...

    Authors: Jonah Leslie, Flavia Kiweewa, Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Katherine Bunge, Felix Mhlanga, Betty Kamira, Jared Baeten, Ariana Katz, Sharon Hillier and Elizabeth Montgomery

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:175

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Dyslipidemia in metabolic syndrome may introduce an underestimation of the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) using Low-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (LDL-C) as a surrogate marker. Recently, non-High-Dens...

    Authors: Helena Bergström, Lena Ekström, Anna Warnqvist, Peter Bergman and Linda Björkhem-Bergman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:166

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Teenage parenting is recognised as one of the greatest health and social problems in South Africa. Research in South Africa has shown that by the age of 18 years, more than 30% of teens have given birth at lea...

    Authors: Samantha L. Coert, Babatope O. Adebiyi, Edna Rich and Nicolette V. Roman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:158

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Back pain (BP) is among the most common musculoskeletal problems globally and is a leading contributor to disability among adults. Millions of women especially those in low-income settings, engage in strenuous...

    Authors: Abisola Osinuga, Chelsea Hicks, Segun E. Ibitoye, Marin Schweizer, Nathan B. Fethke and Kelly K. Baker

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:150

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against women is a major public health and human rights problem worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has one of the highest prevalence of IPV against women in the world. This stu...

    Authors: Maria Sarah Nabaggala, Tarylee Reddy and Samuel Manda

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:149

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Menarche, the first menstruation, is a significant developmental milestone for females. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), menarche is an important socio-cultural event marking transition from girlhood to womanhood. P...

    Authors: Elizabeth Maulingin-Gumbaketi, Sarah Larkins, Ronny Gunnarsson, Gun Rembeck, Maxine Whittaker and Michelle Redman-MacLaren

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:144

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is one of the most common forms of domestic violence, with profound implication for women's physical and psychological health. In this text we adopted the Empowerment Process Mo...

    Authors: Cinzia Albanesi, Carlo Tomasetto and Veronica Guardabassi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:138

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Women may need or seek male partner approval to safely and consistently use oral antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or vaginal microbicides. We developed CHARISMA, a counseling intervention to supp...

    Authors: Ellen K. Wilson, L. Danielle Wagner, Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Sarah T. Roberts, Elizabeth E. Tolley, Florence Mathebula, Laura Pascoe, Michele Lanham, Rose Wilcher and Elizabeth T. Montgomery

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:126

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Women's cancers, represented by breast and gynecologic cancers, are emerging as a significant threat to women's health, while previous studies paid little attention to the spatial distribution of women's cance...

    Authors: Rongxin He, Bin Zhu, Jinlin Liu, Ning Zhang, Wei-Hong Zhang and Ying Mao

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:116

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Although many countries have been promoting hormonal contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy and condom use to prevent HIV transmission, little is known about how women targeted by these messages have i...

    Authors: Agatha K. Bula, Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy, John Chapola, L. Chinula, Stacey A. Hurst, Athena P. Kourtis and J. H. Tang

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:114

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  17. High maternal and child death with high fertility rate have been reported in Ethiopia. Extreme age at first birth is linked with both maternal and child morbidity and mortality. However, literatures showed the...

    Authors: Reta Dewau, Fantahun Ayenew Mekonnen and Wullo Sisay Seretew

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:113

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The international clinical practice guidelines for PCOS emphasize diet and exercise as first-line management of clinical signs and symptoms. This study aimed to describe the patterns, perceptions and experienc...

    Authors: Susan Arentz, Caroline A. Smith, Jason Abbott and Alan Bensoussan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:107

    Content type: Research article

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  19. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between quality of life (QoL) with anxiety, depression, corona disease anxiety, sexual function (SF), and marital satisfaction (MS) in married women during the ...

    Authors: Zahra Daneshfar, Shahideh Jahanian Sadatmahalleh, Samaneh Youseflu, Mahnaz Bahri Khomami and Anoshiravan Kazemnejad

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:102

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) including frequency, nocturia, urgency, and incontinence, are common in women and cause significant discomfort in daily life. However, diagnosis and treatment of LUTS are of...

    Authors: Su-Jin Yang, Jung Ha Park, Yunhwan Oh, Hyeonju Kim, Mihee Kong and Jihyun Moon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:96

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Most women living in rural provinces of Tajikistan, specifically Khatlon, experience little to no opportunities for education and economic growth, making them vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV). Unfortu...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Wood, Karina E. Wilson and K. D. Jacobs

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:91

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2021 21:125

  22. The incidence rate of cervical cancer is increasing yearly. The persistent infection of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main factor leading to cervical cancer. HPV infection is double peak type. Th...

    Authors: Yan Shen, Jing Xia, Huihui Li, Yang Xu and Sanping Xu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:80

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Suicide-attempts have increased across the world and have become higher among females. There has been a high prevalence of self-immolation in Iran, mostly young married women admitted to the burn centers. This...

    Authors: Nader Aghakhani, Violeta Lopez, Naser Parizad and Rahim Baghaei

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:75

    Content type: Research article

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  24. In 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strengthened its disability claims processes for military sexual trauma, hoping to reduce gender differences in initial posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) dis...

    Authors: Maureen Murdoch, Michele Roxanne Spoont, Nina Aileen Sayer, Shannon Marie Kehle-Forbes and Siamak Noorbaloochi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:70

    Content type: Research article

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  25. North America is amidst an opioid overdose epidemic. In many settings, particularly Canada, the majority of overdose deaths occur indoors and impact structurally vulnerable people who use drugs alone, making t...

    Authors: Geoff Bardwell, Taylor Fleming, Ryan McNeil and Jade Boyd

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:51

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Studies show that different socio-economic and structural factors can limit access to healthcare for women with disabilities. The aim of the current study was to review barriers in access to healthcare service...

    Authors: Behzad Karami Matin, Heather J. Williamson, Ali Kazemi Karyani, Satar Rezaei, Moslem Soofi and Shahin Soltani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:44

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Despite numerous national and international efforts to alleviate child growth faltering, it remains a global health challenge. There is a growing body of literature that recognizes the importance of women’s em...

    Authors: Alemayehu Gonie Mekonnen, Daniel Bogale Odo, Dabere Nigatu, Adem Sav and Kiya Kedir Abagero

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:42

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Youth in general and young females, in particular, remain at the center of HIV/AIDS epidemic. To avoid and prevent HIV infection, comprehensive knowledge as well as correct understanding of transmission and pr...

    Authors: Tesfaldet Mekonnen Estifanos, Chen Hui, Afewerki Weldezgi Tesfai, Mekonnen Estifanos Teklu, Matiwos Araya Ghebrehiwet, Kidane Siele Embaye and Amanuel Kidane Andegiorgish

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:37

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Emergency situations, including epidemics, increase incidence of violence against women, especially intimate partner violence (IPV). This paper describes specific scenarios of IPV reported by women during the ...

    Authors: Olufunmilayo I. Fawole, Omowumi O. Okedare and Elizabeth Reed

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:32

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Lipedema is a type of subcutaneous adipose tissue disorder that affects mainly women. Its main symptom is bilateral fat accumulation on the extremities with associated pain in the affected areas. Despite growi...

    Authors: Joanna E. Dudek, Wojciech Białaszek and Marcin Gabriel

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:27

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Almost one-half of U.S. women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV), defined as physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner. IPV is associated with an increased risk of hom...

    Authors: Laura Leuenberger, Erik Lehman and Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:20

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Substance-Related Disorders are among the most common social problems caused by using legal and illegal substances. Therefore, this study aimed at determining the quality of life (QoL) and its related factors ...

    Authors: Majid Barati, Khadijeh Bandehelahi, Tahereh Nopasandasil, Hanieh Jormand and Amir Keshavarzi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:16

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The aims of the study were the translation, cultural adaptation, and validation of self-administered Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire (APFQ) on a Saudi population.

    Authors: Haifaa Malaekah, Haifaa Saud Al Medbel, Sameerah Al Mowallad, Zahra Al Asiri, Alhanouf Albadrani and Hussam Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:6

    Content type: Research article

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  34. There is a high burden of depression globally, including in South Africa. Maternal depression is associated with poverty, unstable income, food insecurity, and lack of partner support, and may lead to poor out...

    Authors: Christiane Horwood, Lyn Haskins, Rachael Hinton, Catherine Connolly, Silondile Luthuli and Nigel Rollins

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2021 21:2

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2021 21:31

  35. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common communicable diseases that affect the health and life of people. Even though there is little information on the prevalence of STIs in Ethiopia, the pr...

    Authors: Simegnew Handebo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:274

    Content type: Research article

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  36. It is estimated that a majority of intimate partner violence (IPV) victims suffer from blunt force to the head, neck and the face area. Injuries to head and neck are among the major causes for traumatic brain ...

    Authors: Larry Y. Liu, William S. Bush, Mehmet Koyutürk and Günnur Karakurt

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:269

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Besides, the presence of national law, the country has to set up its own mid-term and long term goals to bring about a significant reduction in child marriages in Ethiopia. As my search concerned, there is no ...

    Authors: Zemenu Tadesse Tessema

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:268

    Content type: Research article

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  38. High number of unintended pregnancies—often leading to induced abortions—are reported among female sex workers (FSWs), highlighting a major unmet need for contraception. To better understand barriers to contra...

    Authors: Diana Faini, Patricia Munseri, Muhammad Bakari, Eric Sandström, Elisabeth Faxelid and Claudia Hanson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:267

    Content type: Research article

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  39. A remarkable decline in fertility rates has been observed in many countries, with a primary determinant being an increase in the use of contraceptives. However, the birth rate in Pakistan is still higher compa...

    Authors: Sadia Jabeen, Adnan Rathor, Maria Riaz, Rubeena Zakar and Florian Fischer

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:265

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Overweight and obesity of women is a growing concern all over the world. However, an understanding on the socio-economic inequalities in overweight and obesity of women received little attention, especially in...

    Authors: Emran Hasan, Moriam Khanam and Shafiun N. Shimul

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:263

    Content type: Research article

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  41. In South Africa, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer mortality. Most cancers are diagnosed at a late-stage and following symptomatic presentation...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Suzanne E. Scott, Fiona M. Walter, Amos D. Mwaka and Jennifer Moodley

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:251

    Content type: Research article

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  42. COVID-19 related guidelines and movement restrictions are designed to protect the public’s health and reduce disease transmission; yet, COVID-19 related restrictions on movement including social distancing, is...

    Authors: Dabney P. Evans

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:249

    Content type: Correspondence

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  43. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is prevalent in females of reproductive age with signs and symptoms that significantly reduce self-esteem and have a negative impact on their qual...

    Authors: Sultan Alghadeer, Alhanouf Algarawi, Faten Abu-Rkybah, Mashael M. Alshebly and Yazed Alruthia

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:244

    Content type: Research article

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