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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. Maternal mortality, of which 6.7% is attributable to abortion complications, remains high in Mozambique. The objective of this paper is to assess the level of induced abortion at the community, as well as to a...

    Authors: Mónica Frederico, Carlos Arnaldo, Peter Decat, Adelino Juga, Elizabeth Kemigisha, Olivier Degomme and Kristien Michielsen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:129

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Malnutrition among women in Nepal persists as a major public health burden. Global literature suggests that domestic violence may have a negative impact on women’s nutritional status. The contribution of intim...

    Authors: Ramesh P. Adhikari, Subash Yogi, Ajay Acharya and Kenda Cunningham

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:127

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The stigma experienced by cancer patients stems from the association of cancer with death, as cancer is the most feared disease worldwide, especially among cancer patients and their families. The stigma regard...

    Authors: Solikhah Solikhah, Ratu Matahari, Fitriana Putri Utami, Lina Handayani and Tri Ani Marwati

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:116

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Infertility remains a common universal disorder and a whole range of assisted reproductive technologies has been established. Society may fail to recognize the grief caused by infertility, which may lead to th...

    Authors: Taina Sormunen, Klas Karlgren, Arthur Aanesen, Bjöörn Fossum and Margareta Westerbotn

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:112

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Around 90% of postmenopausal women are suffering from vaginal atrophy. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of oxytocin vaginal gel on vaginal atrophy among postmenopausal women.

    Authors: Ilnaz Zohrabi, Parvin Abedi, Somayeh Ansari, Elham Maraghi, Nader Shakiba Maram and Gholamreza Houshmand

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:108

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a public health concern with negative consequences on women’s health. It is a harmful practice which is recognized in international discourses on public health as a form of g...

    Authors: Afi A. Agboli, Fabienne Richard and Isabelle Aujoulat

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:107

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Agricultural activities as well as exposure to pesticides could have many adverse effects on health status and reproductive outcomes especially in reproductive aged greenhouse workers. The present study aimed ...

    Authors: Tahereh Rahimi, Foozieh Rafati, Hamid Sharifi and Fatemeh Seyedi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:103

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Nearly half of the women experience violence across their lifespan in all the provinces of Pakistan at an alarming rate. Despite knowing the prevalence, there has been meager progress in developing strategies ...

    Authors: Tazeen Saeed Ali, Rozina Karmaliani, Hussain Maqbool Ahmed Khuwaja, Nasim Zahid Shah, Zahid Hyder Wadani, Saher Aijaz and Asli Kulane

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:98

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Madagascar has restrictive abortion laws with no explicit exception to preserve the woman’s life. This study aimed to estimate the incidence of abortion in the country and examine the methods, consequences, an...

    Authors: Rila Ratovoson, Amber Kunkel, Jean Pierre Rakotovao, Dolores Pourette, Chiarella Mattern, Jocelyne Andriamiadana, Aina Harimanana and Patrice Piola

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:96

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The burden of maternal undernutrition and low birth weight (LBW) incurs enormous economic costs due to their adverse consequences. Women’s empowerment is believed to be one of the key factors for attaining mat...

    Authors: Alamgir Kabir, Md Mahbubur Rashid, Kamal Hossain, Arifuzzaman Khan, Shegufta Shefa Sikder and Heather F. Gidding

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:93

    Content type: Research article

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  11. HIV-positive women who are still in the reproductive years need adequate sexual and reproductive health information to make informed reproductive health choices. However, many HIV-positive women who interface ...

    Authors: Juliet Nabirye, Joseph K. B. Matovu, John Baptist Bwanika, Fredrick Makumbi and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:91

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The aim of this study was to examine associations between exposure to violence, quality of life, and psychological distress. Women aged 19–54 years who had been exposed to violence by someone in a close relati...

    Authors: Tomomi Hisasue, Marie Kruse, Jani Raitanen, Eija Paavilainen and Pekka Rissanen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:85

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a gynecological condition resulting from pelvic floor dysfunction in women. The objective of this study is to estimate “the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse” associated factor...

    Authors: Abdul Hakeem Jokhio, Raheela Mohsin Rizvi and Christine MacArthur

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:82

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Preventing unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV is important for improving maternal and child health outcomes. Despite multiple contacts between postpartum women and healthcare providers at healt...

    Authors: Andrew K. Tusubira, Simon Peter Sebina Kibira and Fredrick Edward Makumbi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:78

    Content type: Research article

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  15. In Ethiopia, cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer among women aged 15 to 44 years old. Cervical cancer screening is an effective measure to enhance the early detection of cervical cancer for prev...

    Authors: Abebe Belete Woldetsadik, Abebe Feyissa Amhare, Sintayehu Tsegaye Bitew, Leilei Pei, Jian Lei and Jing Han

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:70

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Contraceptive utilization is a guarantee to avert unwanted pregnancies. In Ethiopia however, more than half of the rural women have shorter birth intervals. Consequently, 17 and 8% of the births have been eith...

    Authors: Terefe Derso, Gashaw Andargie Biks, Mezgebu Yitayal, Tadesse Awoke Ayele, Kassahun Alemu, Getu Debalkie Demissie, Haileab Fekadu Wolde, Endalkachew Dellie, Telake Azale, Bisrat Misganaw, Adane Kebede, Destaw Fetene, Tsegaye Gebremdhin and Asmamaw Atnafu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:67

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Impaired sleep is common in menopausal women. The aim was to examine associations between uses of systemic menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) and sleep disturbance in a large population sample.

    Authors: Randi Andenæs, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Nina Misvær, Lis Ribu, Ingvild Vistad and Sølvi Helseth

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:64

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition in reproductive-age women and is known to be positively associated with risk of acquisition of sexually transmitted infections (STI) such as chlamydia and gonorrh...

    Authors: Melinda B. Nye, Ayla B. Harris, Amanda J. Pherson and Charles P. Cartwright

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:62

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Modern contraceptive methods enable couples to enjoy sexual intercourse without fear of the risk of pregnancy at any desired time. The evidence from different studies done in Ethiopia on modern contraceptive m...

    Authors: Mamo Nigatu Gebre and Zerihun Kura Edossa

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:61

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer that affects women worldwide. It has been and remains the leading cause of cancer mortality among women in Ghana. Despite the fact that cervical cancer is preven...

    Authors: Benedict N. L. Calys-Tagoe, Justice M. K. Aheto, George Mensah, Richard B. Biritwum and Alfred E. Yawson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:49

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Child marriage, a marriage that involves someone under the age of 18 years, is a long-standing social issue in Sarawak state, Malaysia. The state has taken several measures to improve situations of inequity fo...

    Authors: Ayako Kohno, Maznah Dahlui, Nik Daliana Nik Farid, Razitasham Safii and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:46

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The study was conducted to estimate the prevalence and risk factors of obstetric fistula in the rural area of the south eastern community of India and the training of community health workers for its prevention.

    Authors: Dharitri Swain, Swayam Pragyan Parida, Saubhagya Kumar Jena, Mahasweta Das and Hrushikesh Das

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:40

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Preconception care is a set of interventions that are to be provided before pregnancy, to promrote the health and well-being of womwen and couples .

    Authors: Daniel Belema Fekene, Benyam Seifu Woldeyes, Maru Mossisa Erena and Getu Alemu Demisse

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:30

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Mother to child transmission is responsible for 90% of child infection with human immune deficiency virus (HIV). Dual contraceptive use is one of the best actions to prevent mother’s human immune deficiency vi...

    Authors: Fewuze Abay, Hedija Yenus Yeshita, Fantahun Ayenew Mekonnen and Mekonnen Sisay

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:26

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Domestic violence (DV) has become a global burden. The high occurrence of intimate partner violence (IPV) across the globe has implications for the socioeconomic wellbeing and health of children and women.

    Authors: Kwamena Sekyi Dickson, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw and Eugene Kofuor Maafo Darteh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:25

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The Dominican Republic (DR) ranks among nations with the highest burden of HIV in the Caribbean. Cultural and gender roles in rural areas of the DR may place women at increased HIV risk. However, little is kno...

    Authors: Madeline C. Montgomery, Zachary Alholm, Alexi Almonte, Kevin J. Sykes, Gregory Rudolph, Brandon Cusick, Laura Castello, Genoviva Sowemimo-Coker, Irene Tang, Sarah Haberlack and Philip A. Chan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:21

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Most neonatal, infant, and child deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where incidence of intimate partner violence (IPV) is highest in the world. Despite these facts, research regarding wh...

    Authors: Peter Memiah, Tristi Bond, Yvonne Opanga, Caroline Kingori, Courtney Cook, Michelle Mwangi, Nyawira Gitahi-Kamau, Deus Mubangizi and Kevin Owuor

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:10

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Large scale public investment in family welfare programme has made female sterilization a free service in public health centers in India. Besides, it also provides financial compensation to acceptors. Despite ...

    Authors: Sanjay K. Mohanty, Suyash Mishra, Sayantani Chatterjee and Niranjan Saggurti

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:13

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa remain at the epicentre of the HIV epidemic, with surveillance data indicating persistent high levels of HIV incidence. In South Africa, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW...

    Authors: Gavin George, Cherie Cawood, Adrian Puren, David Khanyile, Annette Gerritsen, Kaymarlin Govender, Sean Beckett, Mary Glenshaw, Karidia Diallo, Kassahun Ayalew, Andrew Gibbs, Tarylee Reddy, Lorna Madurai, Tendesayi Kufa-Chakezha and Ayesha B. M. Kharsany

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:7

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Prior research has shown that a small proportion of U.S. women attempt to self-manage their abortion. The objective of this study is to describe Texas women’s motivations for and experiences with attempts to s...

    Authors: Liza Fuentes, Sarah Baum, Brianna Keefe-Oates, Kari White, Kristine Hopkins, Joseph Potter and Daniel Grossman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:6

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Primary dysmenorrhea is defined as a crampy pain in the lower abdomen before or during the menstrual period in the absence of any pelvic pathology. It is the leading motherhood problem worldwide but there is l...

    Authors: Abere Woretaw Azagew, Destaye Guadie Kassie and Tarkie Abebe Walle

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:5

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Implanon is one of the cost - effective long acting reversible contraceptive methods used for spacing and limiting births in Ethiopia. Despite the scaling up initiative undertaken by the Ethiopian Government, ...

    Authors: Mesfin Mamo Utaile, Mesfin Kote Debere, Etsehiwot Tilahun Nida, Dube Jara Boneya and Amsale Tekle Ergano

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:2

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Unmet need for family planning in Oromia region was very high (28.9%) compared to other regions in Ethiopia. To address problems associated with unmet need for family planning locally available evidences are e...

    Authors: Tesfaye Solomon, Mamo Nigatu, Tsegaye Tewelde Gebrehiwot and Biniam Getachew

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:170

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Although Sudan has one of the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), there have been shifts in e practice. These shifts include a reduction in the prevalence among younger age coho...

    Authors: Nafisa Bedri, Huda Sherfi, Ghada Rudwan, Sara Elhadi, Caroline Kabiru and Wafaa Amin

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:168

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Reliable contraception enables women and men to plan their family sizes and avoid unintended pregnancies, which can cause distress and anxiety, but also increase maternal mortality. This study explored potenti...

    Authors: Bettina Böttcher, Mysoon Abu-El-Noor and Nasser Abu-El-Noor

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:165

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Informal street traders are exposed on a daily basis to traffic emissions and biomass fuel smoke containing a variety of pollutants. These exposures are likely to place the female traders at increased risk for...

    Authors: Sujatha Hariparsad and Rajen N. Naidoo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:163

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Although an opportunistic approach of cervical cancer screening strategy had been implemented in Ethiopia, utilization of screening services among women is still low, accounted < 1%. We hypothesize that commer...

    Authors: Bekele Atinafu Muluneh, Desta Debalkie Atnafu and Belaynew Wassie

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:162

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Marginalized groups, such as nomadic populations across the world, have perhaps the least access to modern reproductive health (RH) services. This scoping review aims to identify barriers to access to RH servi...

    Authors: Moazzam Ali, Joanna Paula Cordero, Faria Khan and Rachel Folz

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:161

    Content type: Research article

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  39. In postmenopausal women with established cardiovascular disease (CVD), it is unknown whether a history of pregnancy complications are related to multisite artery disease (MSAD), defined as atherosclerotic lesi...

    Authors: Elin Täufer Cederlöf, Nina Johnston, Jerzy Leppert, Pär Hedberg, Bertil Lindahl and Christina Christersson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:160

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Gendered disparities in health care delivery and outcomes are an international problem. Patient-centred care (PCC) improves patient and health system outcomes, and is widely advocated to reduce inequities. The...

    Authors: Anna R. Gagliardi, Bryanna B. Nyhof, Sheila Dunn, Sherry L. Grace, Courtney Green, Donna E. Stewart and Frances C. Wright

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:156

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Health inequities inhibit global development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. One gendered health area, Menstrual Health & Hygiene (MHH), has received increasing attention in Low- and Midd...

    Authors: Emily Krusz, Nina Hall, Dani J. Barrington, Sandra Creamer, Wendy Anders, Minnie King, Helen Martin and Julie Hennegan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:146

    Content type: Debate

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  42. Child marriage remains a challenge in Ghana. Over the years, government and development partners have made various commitments and efforts to curb the phenomenon of child marriage. However, there is little emp...

    Authors: Babatunde Ahonsi, Kamil Fuseini, Dela Nai, Erika Goldson, Selina Owusu, Ismail Ndifuna, Icilda Humes and Placide L. Tapsoba

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:126

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Early marriage is occurred when one or both of the spouses are below the age of 18 years at the time of their first marriage. It is one of the major traditional practices in developing counties particularly in...

    Authors: Minale Bezie and Dagne Addisu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2019 19:134

    Content type: Research article

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