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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. Content type: Research article

    Early and late age at menarche are associated with risk of hypertension, but little is known whether modifiable lifestyle can reduce this risk.

    Authors: Liqiong Guo, Cheng Peng, Hui Xu, Ander Wilson, Peng-hui Li, Hao Wang, Hongbin Liu, Lilin Shen, Xi Chen, Xiuying Qi, Nai-jun Tang, Timothy M. Barrow and Hyang-Min Byun

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:182

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    Evidence suggests that gender equality positively influences family planning. However, the evidence from urban Africa is sparse. This study aimed to examine the association between changes in gender norms and ...

    Authors: Chinelo C. Okigbo, Ilene S. Speizer, Marisa E. Domino, Sian L. Curtis, Carolyn T. Halpern and Jean C. Fotso

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:178

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    Increasing uptake of modern contraception is done to alleviate maternal and infant mortality in poor countries. We describe prevalence of contraceptive use, high risk births, under-five mortality and their ris...

    Authors: Admire Chikandiwa, Emma Burgess, Kennedy Otwombe and Lucy Chimoyi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:173

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    Reducing unmet need for family planning by increasing the rate of modern contraceptive use is indispensable if Cameroon must meet maternal mortality targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The objective ...

    Authors: Esambe Emmanuel Edietah, Philip Nana Njotang, Atem Bethel Ajong, Marie José Essi, Martin Ndinakie Yakum and Enow Robinson Mbu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:171

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    The objective of this scoping study is to review the published literature and summarize findings related to barriers experienced by immigrant women in Canada while accessing cervical cancer screening.

    Authors: Mahzabin Ferdous, Sonya Lee, Suzanne Goopy, Huiming Yang, Nahid Rumana, Tasnima Abedin and Tanvir C. Turin

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:165

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a major public health concern worldwide affecting up to one in five women at reproductive age. It is associated with biochemical and hormonal disturbances as well as adverse...

    Authors: Zahra Behboodi Moghadam, Bita Fereidooni, Mohsen Saffari and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:164

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Most research on the health impacts of intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse has been conducted in Western countries and may not be generalizable to women living in different contexts, such as Saudi ...

    Authors: Eman Alhalal, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Carol Wong and Fadia AlBuhairan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:160

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Current cervical cancer screening guidelines recommend a Pap test every 3 years for women age 21–65 years, or for women 30–65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, a combination of Pap test and hi...

    Authors: Adana A. M. Llanos, Jennifer Tsui, David Rotter, Lindsey Toler and Antoinette M. Stroup

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:162

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Modern contraceptive use remains an important public health intervention and a cost-effective strategy to reduce maternal mortality, avert unintended pregnancies and to control population explosion, especially...

    Authors: Paul Beson, Richard Appiah and Augustine Adomah-Afari

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:157

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Globally, three million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and an estimated 200 million girls and women in the world have undergone FGM. While the overall prevalence of FGM in Ghana is 4%, st...

    Authors: Evelyn Sakeah, Cornelius Debpuur, Abraham Rexford Oduro, Paul Welaga, Raymond Aborigo, James Kotuah Sakeah and Cheryl A. Moyer

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:150

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Informing the individuals on family planning including emergency contraception is a significant step for preventing unintended pregnancies. Although there is a number of studies on family planning and emergenc...

    Authors: Ozen Asut, Ovgu Ozenli, Gizem Gur, Elif Deliceo, Buse Cagin, Okan Korun, Ozgur Turk, Songul Vaizoglu and Sanda Cali

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:149

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Quality of life among abused women in Norway in 2006 was found to be significantly low compared to women at the same age in general. The aim of this study was to examine how quality of life is associated with ...

    Authors: Kjersti Alsaker, Bente E. Moen, Tone Morken and Valborg Baste

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:148

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Early marriage of girls (marriage < 18 years) is a pervasive abuse of rights that compromises maternal and child health. The common conceptualization of this practice as an outcome undermines the nuanced and s...

    Authors: Lotus McDougal, Emma C. Jackson, Katherine A. McClendon, Yemeserach Belayneh, Anand Sinha and Anita Raj

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:144

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important public health issue. Framing studies indicate that how the news media cover public health issues is critical for designing effective health promotion int...

    Authors: Ebenezer Owusu-Addo, Sally B. Owusu-Addo, Ernestina F. Antoh, Yaw A. Sarpong, Kwaku Obeng-Okrah and Grace K. Annan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:129

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Contraceptives are used in family planning to space or limit pregnancies and are categorized into modern and traditional methods. The modern methods have been proven to be more scientifically effective at prev...

    Authors: Philomina Akadity Aviisah, Samuel Dery, Benedicta Kafui Atsu, Alfred Yawson, Refah M. Alotaibi, Hoda Ragab Rezk and Chris Guure

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:141

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Violence against women remains an important issue of inequality in African societies, with several consequences to health, social and economic status. This study aims to identify the factors related to the per...

    Authors: Alphonse Kpozehouen, Noël Moussiliou Paraïso, Yolaine Glèlè Ahanhanzo, Elvyre Klikpo, Charles Sossa Jérôme, Laurent T. Ouédraogo and Roger Salamon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:140

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Domestic violence during pregnancy with its many negative fetal and maternal outcomes is a common public health problem all over the world. Nonetheless, the problem is not well investigated and understood in E...

    Authors: Elfalet Fekadu, Getachew Yigzaw, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye, Tadesse Awoke Ayele, Tameru Minwuye, Tinsae Geneta and Destaw Fetene Teshome

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:138

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) against women has been recognised as a public health problem with far-reaching consequences for the physical, reproductive, and mental health of women. The ecological framework ...

    Authors: Faith Owunari Benebo, Barbara Schumann and Masoud Vaezghasemi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:136

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Eritrean migrants in Israel, the majority of whom are seeking asylum, have limited access to institutional support. While the temporary group protection granted to Eritreans by Israel ensures that they are not...

    Authors: Tsega Gebreyesus, Zebib Sultan, Habtom M. Ghebrezghiabher, Wietse A. Tol, Peter J. Winch, Nadav Davidovitch and Pamela J. Surkan

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:135

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence and effect of polygamous relationships may have serious reproductive and /or health consequences for women. In South Africa, unlike in other sub-Saharan countries, no nationwide survey has inves...

    Authors: Musawenkosi L. H. Mabaso, Nthabiseng F. Malope and Leickness C. Simbayi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:133

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol use disorder (AUD) constitutes a major public health problem and is associated with a substantial amount of disability and premature death worldwide. Several treatment and self-help options including A...

    Authors: Maji Hailemariam, Michael Stein, Bradley Anderson, Yael Chatav Schonbrun, Kelly Moore, Megan Kurth, Fallon Richie and Jennifer E. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:125

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Over 90% of the children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus are infected through the mother to child transmission process according to literatures. Preventing unintended pregnancy by using contraceptive methods...

    Authors: Bilen Mekonnen Araya, Abayneh Akililu Solomon, Kahsay Zenebe Gebreslasie, Temesgen Worku Gudayu and Kiber Temesgen Anteneh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:121

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to measure the prevalence of intimate partner and family violence amongst a population of Australian female nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.

    Authors: Elizabeth McLindon, Cathy Humphreys and Kelsey Hegarty

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:113

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Female sexual dysfunction affects 41% of reproductive-age women worldwide, making it a highly prevalent medical issue. Predictors of female sexual dysfunction are multifaceted and vary from country to country....

    Authors: Megan McCool-Myers, Melissa Theurich, Andrea Zuelke, Helge Knuettel and Christian Apfelbacher

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:108

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Women with fistula live in a state of distress and in fear of their future life. An obstetric fistula has a devastating impact on affected women and their families. The objective of this systematic review was ...

    Authors: Debrework Tesgera Bashah, Abebaw Gebeyehu Worku and Mezgebu Yitayal Mengistu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:106

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Immigrants to Western countries increasingly originate from countries with pervasive gender inequalities, where women experience disproportionately high rates of threats to their well-being. Health and social ...

    Authors: Alia Januwalla, Ariel Pulver, Susitha Wanigaratne, Patricia O’Campo and Marcelo L. Urquia

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:104

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine whether intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is associated with causes of death during on average 35 years follow-up after the delivery.

    Authors: Suvi-Tuulia Hämäläinen, Kaisa Turunen, Kari J. Mattila and Markku Sumanen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:98

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Abortion remains among the leading causes of maternal death worldwide. Post-abortion contraception is significantly effective in preventing unintended pregnancy and abortion if provided before women leave the ...

    Authors: Goshu Hagos, Gurmesa Tura, Gizienesh Kahsay, Kebede Haile, Teklit Grum and Tsige Araya

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:83

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cousin marriages, in the Netherlands most frequently between Turkish or Moroccan couples, are at higher risk of having offspring with recessive disorders. Often, these couples not perceive or accept this risk,...

    Authors: Petra Verdonk, Suzanne Metselaar, Oka Storms and Edien Bartels

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:79

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common disorder among women of reproductive age. Nearly 40% of women report problems with their menstrual cycles. Exercise is one of the recommended treatments to reduce sympto...

    Authors: Zahra Mohebbi Dehnavi, Farzaneh Jafarnejad and Somayeh Sadeghi Goghary

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:80

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  31. Content type: Research article

    For physiological as well as behavioral reasons, sexual debut increases young individuals’ risk for infection with sexually transmitted infection including HIV. It is fundamental to recognize the factors relat...

    Authors: Digafe Tsegaye Nigatu, Asefa Seme, Shewaye Fituma and Mesfin Tafa Segni

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:76

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  32. Content type: Research article

    When a mother has cancer, families with minor children are confronted with major challenges for all family members. According to the Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response (FAAR) Model, the (im) balance bet...

    Authors: Laura Inhestern and Corinna Bergelt

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:72

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  33. Content type: Debate

    The abortion law in Cameroon is highly restrictive. The law permits induced abortions only when the woman’s life is at risk, to preserve her physical and mental health, and on grounds of rape or incest. Unsafe...

    Authors: Luchuo Engelbert Bain and Eugene Justine Kongnyuy

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:71

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Research has increasingly documented the important role that violence by clients and the police play in exacerbating HIV vulnerability for women in sex work. However few studies have examined violence in the i...

    Authors: Andrea K. Blanchard, Sapna G. Nair, Sharon G. Bruce, Satyanarayana Ramanaik, Raghavendra Thalinja, Srikanta Murthy, Prakash Javalkar, Priya Pillai, Martine Collumbien, Lori Heise, Shajy Isac and Parinita Bhattacharjee

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:66

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Large projects in the extractive industry sector can affect people’s health and wellbeing. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), women’s health is of particular concern in such contexts due to potential...

    Authors: Astrid M. Knoblauch, Mark J. Divall, Milka Owuor, Gertrude Musunka, Anna Pascall, Kennedy Nduna, Harrison Ng’uni, Jürg Utzinger and Mirko S. Winkler

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:62

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  36. Content type: Research article

    There is increasing knowledge of sex-specific differences in cardiovascular disease and recognition of sex disparities in management. In our study, we investigated whether a cardiovascular programme tailored t...

    Authors: Ting Ting Low, Siew Pang Chan, Shin Hnin Wai, Zhou Ang, Kyu Kyu, Kim Yee Lee, Anne Ching, Sarah Comer, Naomi Qiu Pin Tan, Elizabeth Grace Hui En Thong, Tracy Nang, Mohan Dutta and Carolyn S. P. Lam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:56

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Given the considerable negative impacts of intimate partner...

    Authors: Sheila Harvey, Shelley Lees, Gerry Mshana, Daniel Pilger, Christian Hansen, Saidi Kapiga and Charlotte Watts

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:55

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Unintended pregnancy is a persistent and global issue with consequences for the health and well-being of mothers and babies. The aim of this paper is to examine unintended pregnancy over time in the context of...

    Authors: Stephanie Ann Grilo, Xiaoyu Song, Tom Lutalo, Margo Mullinax, Sanyukta Mathur and John Santelli

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:46

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Poor quality maternity care may lead to increased maternal dissatisfaction, and subsequent decreased utilization of health services or both. In a responsive health system, determining suitable delivery care, i...

    Authors: Zack Ndirima, Florian Neuhann and Claudia Beiersmann

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:38

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the occurrence and health consequences of intimate partner sexual assault. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of sexual assault in the context of intimate p...

    Authors: Supa Pengpid, Karl Peltzer, Orapin Laosee and Kawinarat Suthisukon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:37

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Ethiopia is one of the sub-Saharan Africa countries with the highest maternal mortality. Maternal near-misses are more common than deaths and statistically stronger for a comprehensive analysis of the determin...

    Authors: Ewnetu Firdawek Liyew, Alemayehu Worku Yalew, Mesganaw Fantahun Afework and Birgitta Essén

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:28

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  42. Content type: Research article

    There is dearth of research about female sexual dysfunction (FSD), especially in China, because of conservative beliefs. Previous studies indicated the relationship between subclinical hypothyroidism and anxie...

    Authors: Han Luo, Wanjun Zhao, Hongliu Yang, Qianqian Han, Li Zeng, Huairong Tang and Jingqiang Zhu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:26

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer prevention using cervical cytology is insufficiently sensitive, a significant proportion of HPV-infected women having normal cytology.

    Authors: Antoine Adenis, Valentin Dufit, Maylis Douine, Jerome Ponty, Laure Bianco, Fatiha Najioullah, Odile Kilié, Dominique Catherine, Nadia Thomas, Jean Luc Deshayes, Paul Brousse, Gabriel Carles, Claire Grenier, Vincent Lacoste, Vincent Molinie, Raymond Cesaire…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:25

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent pregnancy is a public health concern worldwide. There are disparities in the occurrence of adolescence pregnancy in different social groups and settings; however, few studies have focused on the con...

    Authors: Hridaya Raj Devkota, Andrew Clarke, Shanti Shrish and Dharma Nanda Bhatta

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:23

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is a significant public health issue in Xinjiang China. In order to provide scientific basis for cervical cancer intervention in Xinjiang, women’s knowledge of cervical cancer was investigated ...

    Authors: Guzhalinuer Abulizi, Tangnuer Abulimiti, Hua Li, Guzhalinuer Abuduxikuer, Patiman Mijiti, Su-Qin Zhang, Ayinuer Maimaiti, Muyasier Tuergan, Ayiguli Simayi and Miherinisha Maimaiti

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:21

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