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  1. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this comprehensive meta-analysis was to assess the association of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) expression with overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS)/progression-free survival (P...

    Authors: Yan Xia, Xuemin Wei, Hui Gong and Yunxiang Ni

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:199

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    Despite efforts at curbing maternal morbidity and mortality, developing countries are still burdened with high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality. Ethiopia is not an exception and has one of the world’s...

    Authors: Gezahegn Tesfaye, Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta, Nega Assefa and Roger Smith

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:198

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  3. Content type: Case report

    Early diagnosis and efficient management of Chronic Endometritis (CE) in patients seeking fertility treatment are two components every practitioner wishes to address. With respect to endometrial restoration, a...

    Authors: Konstantinos Sfakianoudis, Mara Simopoulou, Yorgos Nikas, Anna Rapani, Nikolaos Nitsos, Katerina Pierouli, Athanasios Pappas, Agni Pantou, Christina Markomichali, Michael Koutsilieris and Konstantinos Pantos

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:197

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Lifestyle, in particular obesity and smoking has significant impacts on fertility and an important focus for the treatment of reproductive failures is the optimisation of periconceptional lifestyle behaviours....

    Authors: Ka Ying Bonnie Ng, Susan Wellstead, Ying Cheong and Nick Macklon

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:196

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Women have been assuming more responsibilities and higher positions in major companies, which exposes them to high levels of stress. Higher perceived work stress is related to higher emotional reactivity. Diff...

    Authors: Fernanda B. C. Pires, Shirley S. Lacerda, Joana B. Balardin, Bruna Portes, Patrícia R. Tobo, Carla R. C. Barrichello, Edson Amaro Jr and Elisa H. Kozasa

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:195

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Unplanned pregnancy is a significant problem in Australia. Local data pertaining to use of the levonorgestrel-releasing intra-uterine device (LNG-IUD), and associated factors are limited. The aim of this analy...

    Authors: Amie L. Bingham, Cameryn C. Garrett, Christine Bayly, Anne M. Kavanagh, Louise A. Keogh, Rebecca J. Bentley and Jane S. Hocking

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:194

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  7. Content type: Debate

    The French national cancer institute (INCa) conducted a series of studies to assist decision-making in view of the implementation of organised cervical cancer screening that will be launched in 2018. The progr...

    Authors: Sylviane Darquy, Grégoire Moutel, Odile Jullian, Stéphanie Barré and Nathalie Duchange

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:192

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The postpartum period is an opportune time for contraception adoption, as women have extended interaction with the reproductive healthcare system and therefore more opportunity to learn about and adopt contrac...

    Authors: Nerissa Nance, Lauren Ralph, Nancy Padian, Frances Cowan, Raluca Buzdugan, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva and Sandra I McCoy

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:193

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Women’s sexuality may be adversely affected during the menopausal transition. This exploratory qualitative study was conducted to explore how women assign meaning to and process sexual motivation during the me...

    Authors: Zeinab Javadivala, Effat Merghati-Khoei, Carol Underwood, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Hamid Allahverdipour

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:191

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for married women aged 15–49 in Ethiopia is 36%, with 35% using modern methods and 1% using traditional methods. However, the discontinuation rate is fairly high. Women usua...

    Authors: Nigisti Belete, Ayalnesh Zemene, Hadgay Hagos and Abere Yekoye

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:190

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Early discontinuation of the Implanon contraceptive method and reasons for such discontinuation remains a major concern for family planning programs. In less developed countries, contraceptive discontinuation ...

    Authors: Abreham Nageso and Achamyelesh Gebretsadik

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:189

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) coverage has been low in Ethiopia and the service has been implemented in a fragmented manner. Solutions to this problem have mainly been sought on the su...

    Authors: Elias Asfaw Zegeye, Josue Mbonigaba and Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:187

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Spontaneous miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy, occurring in up to 20% of pregnancies. Despite the prevalence of miscarriage, little is known regarding peoples’ awareness and understandin...

    Authors: Indra San Lazaro Campillo, Sarah Meaney, Jacqueline Sheehan, Rachel Rice and Keelin O’Donoghue

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:188

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  14. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the impact of follicular flushing on the number of oocytes retrieved and embryo quality and to determine the optimal number of flushings for poor ovarian responders (PORs) undergoing in vitro fe...

    Authors: Yu Xiao, Yong Wang, Min Wang and Kai Liu

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2018 18:186

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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

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  17. 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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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

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  21. Content type: Research article

    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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  22. Content type: Research article

    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

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  23. Content type: Research article

    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

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  24. Content type: Research article

    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

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  25. Content type: Research article

    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

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  26. Content type: Research article

    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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  27. Content type: Research article

    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

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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

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  29. Content type: Research article

    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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  30. Content type: Research article

    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

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  31. Content type: Case report

    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

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  32. Content type: Research article

    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

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  33. Content type: Research article

    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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  34. Content type: Research article

    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

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  35. 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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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    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

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Content type: Research article

    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

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  40. Content type: Research article

    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

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  41. Content type: Research article

    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

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  42. 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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  43. Content type: Research article

    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

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  44. Content type: Research article

    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

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  45. Content type: Research article

    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

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  46. Content type: Research article

    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

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  47. Content type: Research article

    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

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  48. 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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