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  1. Women at an increased risk of ovarian cancer often have to decide for or against the surgical removal of their healthy ovaries to reduce their cancer risk. This decision can be extremely difficult. Despite thi...

    Authors: Anne Herrmann, Alix Hall and Anthony Proietto
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:184
  2. Menstruation is a universal aspect of human female reproductive life. Management of menstrual flow presents hygiene challenges to girls and women in low-income countries, especially when they first start their...

    Authors: L. Lewis Wall, Kibrom Teklay, Alem Desta and Shewaye Belay
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:183
  3. 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
  4. Individuals with high sexual compulsivity are preoccupied with their sexual desire to such an extent that it interferes with their normal daily life and can inhibit self-control. Previous studies have found a ...

    Authors: Mengyun Luo, Liping Zhu, Yuanyuan Dong, Zezhou Wang, Qiuming Shen, Dandan Mo, Li Du, Zhiruo Zhang and Yong Cai
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:181
  5. To combine results from a randomized controlled study (RCT) and an observational study (OS) to evaluate discontinuation rate of a levonorgestrel-containing intrauterine contraceptive device (LNG IUD) in a real...

    Authors: Tatsiana Vaitsiakhovich, Anna Filonenko, Richard Lynen, Jan Endrikat and Christoph Gerlinger
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:180
  6. Endogenous ovarian hormones as well as exogenous oestradiol and progesterone play an important role in cognitive processing. Specifically, these hormones play a role in different aspects of memory, both in ter...

    Authors: Filippo Bianchini, Paola Verde, Stefano Colangeli, Maddalena Boccia, Felice Strollo, Cecilia Guariglia, Giuseppe Bizzarro and Laura Piccardi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:179
  7. 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
  8. To evaluate fertility knowledge and awareness among infertile women attending an Indian assisted fertility clinic and their understanding of the menstrual cycle, how age affects fertility and need for assisted...

    Authors: Reeta Mahey, Monica Gupta, Shobha Kandpal, Neena Malhotra, Perumal Vanamail, Neeta Singh and Alka Kriplani
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:177
  9. Miscarriage is a common event which is estimated to occur in approximately one in four confirmed pregnancies (Collins et al, Grief Matters Aust J Grief Bereave_ 17:44, 2014, St John et al, Aust J Adv Nurs_ 23:...

    Authors: Clare Bellhouse, Meredith J. Temple-Smith and Jade E. Bilardi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:176
  10. The current estimates of the prevalence of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) are very variable, but are in most studies believed to be around 1%. It is also very likely tat the prevalence of POI differs betw...

    Authors: Katarina Lagergren, Mats Hammar, Elizabeth Nedstrand, Marie Bladh and Gunilla Sydsjö
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:175
  11. We evaluated the effect of transvaginal mesh (TVM) surgery for voiding function and continence using noninvasive examination and questionnaire. The present study aimed to ascertain which categories of patients...

    Authors: Shohei Kawaguchi, Kazutaka Narimoto, Satoko Urata, Masami Takeyama, Yoshifumi Kadono and Atsushi Mizokami
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:174
  12. 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
  13. Pubic hair grooming, including the complete removal of pubic hair, has become an increasingly common practice, particularly among young women. Although widespread, there is limited data regarding the methods, ...

    Authors: Abdulrahim A. Rouzi, Rigmor C. Berg, Jamela Turkistani, Rana Alamoudi, Nawal Alsinani, Souzan Alkafy and Ahmad Alwazzan
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:172
  14. 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
  15. Vaginal microbicides are a promising means to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, by empowering women to initiate use prophylactically when they perceive themselves to be...

    Authors: Toral Zaveri, Kimberly A Powell, Kate M Guthrie, Alyssa J Bakke, Gregory R Ziegler and John E Hayes
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:170
  16. Morcellation of undiagnosed uterine sarcoma is cause of abdominal/pelvic dissemination, residual tumor and recurrence. In the preoperative evaluation of suspect uterine masses, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...

    Authors: Antonio Mollo, Antonio Raffone, Antonio Travaglino, Annalisa Di Cello, Gabriele Saccone, Fulvio Zullo and Giuseppe De Placido
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:169
  17. A unique standardized national dataset on adolescent girls (21 regions) participating in the Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study (HBSC) was used to investigate the correlation between body m...

    Authors: Giacomo Lazzeri, Claudia Tosti, Andrea Pammolli, Gianmarco Troiano, Alessio Vieno, Natale Canale, Paola Dalmasso, Patrizia Lemma, Alberto Borraccino, Felice Petraglia and Stefano Luisi
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:168
  18. Female Genital Cutting (FGC) is a harmful traditional practice that affects the physical and mental health of girls and women in many ways. In Ethiopia, although both governmental institutions and None-Governm...

    Authors: Asresash D Abathun, Johanne Sundby and Abdi A Gele
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:167
  19. In preventing the transfer of HIV to their children, the Ministry of Health in Mozambique recommends all couples follow medical advice prior to a pregnancy. However, little is known about how such women experi...

    Authors: Carlos Eduardo Cuinhane, Kristien Roelens, Christophe Vanroelen, Samuel Quive and Gily Coene
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:166
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. A septate uterus is a uterine anomaly that may affect reproductive outcome, and is associated with an increased risk for miscarriage, subfertility and preterm birth. Resection of the septum is subject of debat...

    Authors: J. F. W. Rikken, C. R. Kowalik, M. H. Emanuel, M. Y. Bongers, T. Spinder, J. H. de Kruif, K. W. M. Bloemenkamp, F. W. Jansen, S. Veersema, A. G. M. G. J. Mulders, A. L. Thurkow, K. Hald, A. Mohazzab, Y. Khalaf, T. J. Clark, M. Farrugia…
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:163
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Abortion rate in Ukraine is high and the use of effective contraceptive methods is low. Aiming to explore women’s knowledge and attitudes towards modern contraceptive methods, we performed a survey among women...

    Authors: Volodymyr Podolskyi, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson and Lena Marions
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:159
  26. Induced abortion is one of the most common gynecological procedures in Sweden, but there is still little knowledge about the adverse effects. The aims of this study are to provide an overview of complications ...

    Authors: Isabelle Carlsson, Karin Breding and P.-G. Larsson
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:158
  27. 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
  28. Exposure to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) results in a reduction of women’s use of regular contraceptives. This evidence suggests that women exposed to DVA are more likely to have unprotected sexual interc...

    Authors: Natalia V. Lewis, Theresa H. M. Moore, Gene S. Feder, John Macleod and Penny Whiting
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:156
  29. As HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, men are crucial in the prevention of cervical cancer, but research about men’s awareness on cervical cancer is limited. Therefore, in this study, we investigated men’s a...

    Authors: Hae Won Kim, Duck Hee Kim and Youngji Kim
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:155
  30. By 2030, the Sub-Saharan African region is projected to be the epicenter of the tobacco epidemic. While smoking prevalence is currently low among women (< 2%), the prevalence among men (7.7% overall and up to ...

    Authors: Anne Berit Petersen, Lisa M. Thompson, Gezahegn Bekele Dadi, Alemu Tolcha and Janine K. Cataldo
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:154
  31. Women after menopause increase risk for cardiovascular disease and several factors may be related. The purpose was to study biological and psychosocial factors associated with early cardiovascular damage in pr...

    Authors: Mauricio Sanchez-Barajas, Lorena del Rocio Ibarra-Reynoso, Marco Antonio Ayala-Garcia and Juan Manuel Malacara
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:153
  32. Breast disorders cause great anxiety for women especially when they occur in pregnancy because breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer related deaths in women. Majority of the disorders are Benign Bre...

    Authors: Stella O. Odedina, IkeOluwapo O. Ajayi, Adenike Adeniji-Sofoluwe, Imran O. Morhason-Bello, Dezheng Huo, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade and Oladosu A. Ojengbede
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:152
  33. Fluorescence imaging (FI) is one of the methods to identify sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs). However, the procedure is technically complicated and requires procedural skills, as SLN biopsy must be conducted in dim...

    Authors: Nobuyuki Takemoto, Ai Koyanagi, Masanori Yasuda and Hiroshi Yamamoto
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:151
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. In the last thirty years there has been a rise in harmful alcohol use amongst White British women. Approaches to alcohol harm reduction typically position drinking as an individual behaviour, with an emphasis ...

    Authors: Katherine Jackson, Tracy Finch, Eileen Kaner and Janice McLaughlin
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:137
  37. 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
  38. Persistent low rates of spacing contraceptive use among young wives in rural India have been implicated in ongoing negative maternal, infant and child health outcomes throughout the country. Gender inequity ha...

    Authors: Holly B. Shakya, Anindita Dasgupta, Mohan Ghule, Madhusudana Battala, Niranjan Saggurti, Balaiah Donta, Saritha Nair, Jay Silverman and Anita Raj
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:147
  39. Women who exercise intensively, whether competitive or recreational, devote a lot of time and energy into exercise, which requires high levels of ambition and motivation. The aim of the study is to investigate...

    Authors: Kirsten K. Roessler and Ashley E. Muller
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:146
  40. Preventive behaviors regarding cervical cancer are essential for women’s health. Even though many studies have addressed women’s knowledge and attitudes toward cervical cancer, little information is available ...

    Authors: Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Fatemeh Yargholi, Fatemeh Jafari and Koen Ponnet
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:145
  41. 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
  42. Idiopathic recurrent miscarriage, defined as three or more consecutive miscarriages, is a distressing early pregnancy complication. Although, the etiology of recurrent miscarriage is still unknown, an aberrant...

    Authors: Frida Husseini-Akram, Sally Haroun, Signe Altmäe, Lottie Skjöldebrand-Sparre, Helena Åkerud, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Britt-Marie Landgren and Anneli Stavreus-Evers
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:143
  43. 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
  44. Since the publication over 50 years ago of the alkaline hematin method for quantifying menstrual blood loss (MBL) many new approaches have been developed to assess MBL. The aim of this systematic review is to ...

    Authors: Julia L. Magnay, Shaughn O’Brien, Christoph Gerlinger and Christian Seitz
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:142
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. Loneliness in mothers raising children can adversely impact the health of their children and lead to child abuse, depression, and deterioration of mothers’ health. Few studies to date have specifically assesse...

    Authors: Marie Mandai, Misato Kaso, Yoshimitsu Takahashi and Takeo Nakayama
    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:131
  48. 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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