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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 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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    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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    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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  4. 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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    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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    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have been able to determine whether the likelihood of spousal violence is higher or lower among childless women compared with women who have children. This is because most studies linking childless...

    Authors: Bola Lukman Solanke, Adeleke Luqman Bisiriyu and Amos Oyedokun

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:20

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major global public health concern and is a risk factor for adverse health outcomes. Early identification of GBV is crucial for improved health outcomes. Interactions with heal...

    Authors: Nishi Suryavanshi, Shilpa Naik, Smita Waghmare, Nikhil Gupte, Sameer Khan, Vidya Mave, Andrea Deluca, Amita Gupta, Jonathan Golub, Robert C. Bollinger and Anita Shankar

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:19

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Few studies on gynaecological problems of young females in Arab countries were published. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of dysmenorrhea and predictors of its pain among university stude...

    Authors: Heba A. Abu Helwa, Areen A. Mitaeb, Suha Al-Hamshri and Waleed M. Sweileh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:18

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Rubella primary infection during early stages of pregnancy is associated with high risk of congenital Rubella syndrome (CRS). Prevention of CRS in the resource-limited countries requires multiple strategies. H...

    Authors: Mariam M. Mirambo, Mtebe Majigo, Seth D. Scana, Martha F. Mushi, Said Aboud, Uwe Groß, Benson R. Kidenya and Stephen E. Mshana

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:3

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a member of the Papillomaviridae family. The prevalence of HPV genotypes may vary according to the region and the population studied. Quilombo communities are ethnic and racial group...

    Authors: Maria do Desterro Soares Brandão Nascimento, Flávia Castello Branco Vidal, Marcos Antonio Custódio Neto da Silva, José Eduardo Batista, Maria do Carmo Lacerda Barbosa, Walbert Edson Muniz Filho, Geusa Felipa de Barros Bezerra, Graça Maria de Castro Viana, Rebeca Costa Castelo Branco and Luciane Maria Oliveira Brito

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:1

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infection is the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted pathogen worldwide. Among pregnant women, the infection may cause adverse birth outcomes such ...

    Authors: Richard H. Asmah, Harriet N. A. Blankson, Kekeli A. Seanefu, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Georgina Awuah-Mensah, Momodou Cham and Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:130

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Cisplatin is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug classified as an alkylating agent. It is used for the treatment of a variety of cancers such as cervical, breast, stomach, prostate, bladder and oesophageal, to na...

    Authors: J. Paken, C. D. Govender and V. Sewram

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:129

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Female survivors of sexual violence in conflict experience not only physical and psychological sequelae from the event itself, but often many negative social outcomes, such as rejection and ostracisation from ...

    Authors: Jocelyn Kelly, Katherine Albutt, Justin Kabanga, Kimberley Anderson and Michael VanRooyen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:127

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Middle-aged women experience various menopausal symptoms during the menopause. These symptoms can affect their quality of life and health. Several epidemiological studies reported that obesity associates with ...

    Authors: Seul Koo, Younjhin Ahn, Joong-Yeon Lim, Juhee Cho and Hyun-Young Park

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:126

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Although Indonesia has relatively high contraceptive prevalence, postpartum family planning (PP-FP) has not been a particular point of emphasis. This article reports the results of analyses undertaken in order...

    Authors: Siswanto Agus Wilopo, Althaf Setyawan, Anggriyani Wahyu Pinandari, Titut Prihyugiarto, Flourisa Juliaan and Robert J. Magnani

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:120

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Female sterilisation is usually performed on an elective basis at perceived family completion, however, around 1–3% of women who have undergone sterilisation elect to undergo sterilisation reversal (SR) at a l...

    Authors: Khadra A. Jama-Alol, Alexandra P. Bremner, Gavin Pereira, Louise M. Stewart, Eva Malacova, Rachael Moorin and David B. Preen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:117

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Indonesia has a considerably high incidence of maternal and infant mortality. The country has however been experiencing a social and economic transition, influencing its general population demographics and nut...

    Authors: Hora Soltani, Nur I. Lipoeto, Frankie J. Fair, Karen Kilner and Y. Yusrawati

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2017 17:102

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