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  1. Study protocol

    Therapeutic comparison between treatments for Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: study protocol of a randomized prospective and controlled trial

    Vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS) is a lymphocyte-mediated disease of unknown etiology that can cause intense itching as well stenosis, hindering the evacuation and urination. It can also limit the sex life due to...

    Renata A. Belotto, Maria Cristina Chavantes, João Paulo Tardivo, Roberto Euzébio dos Santos, Raquel Civolani Marques Fernandes, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana, Christiane Pavani and Daniela Fátima Teixeira da Silva

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:61

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  2. Research article

    A comparison of intimate partner and other sexual assault survivors’ use of different types of specialized hospital-based violence services

    Little is known about the health service utilization of women sexually assaulted by their intimate partners, as compared with those sexually assaulted by other perpetrators. To address this gap, we describe th...

    Janice Du Mont, Maryam Woldeyohannes, Sheila Macdonald, Daisy Kosa and Linda Turner

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:59

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Cardiovascular RiskprofilE - IMaging and gender-specific disOrders (CREw-IMAGO): rationale and design of a multicenter cohort study

    Reproductive disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) and hypertensive pregnancy disorders (HPD) like pre-eclampsia (PE), are associated with an increased risk o...

    Gerbrand A. Zoet, Cindy Meun, Laura Benschop, Eric Boersma, Ricardo P.J. Budde, Bart C.J.M. Fauser, Christianne J.M. de Groot, Aad van der Lugt, Angela H.E.M. Maas, Karl G.M. Moons, Jeanine E. Roeters van Lennep, Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink, Eric A.P. Steegers, Bas B. van Rijn, Joop S.E. Laven, Arie Franx…

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:60

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  4. Case report

    Case report: term birth after fertility-sparing treatments for stage IB1 small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the cervix

    Advances in cervical cancer management for childbearing women have led to less radical approaches. Use of fertility-sparing treatment to treat small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SCNEC) is challenging owing t...

    Pei-Ying Wu, Ya-Min Cheng, Geok Huey New, Cheng-Yang Chou, Chun-Ting Chiang, Hung-Wen Tsai and Yu-Fang Huang

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:56

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  5. Research article

    How active are women who play bingo: a cross-sectional study from the Well!Bingo project

    The benefits of physical activity are well established, yet large numbers of people are not sufficiently active to gain health benefits. Certain population groups are less physically active than others, includ...

    Gemma C. Ryde, Trish Gorely, Ruth Jepson, Cindy Gray, Ashley Shepherd, Dionne Mackison, Aileen V. Ireland, Brian Williams, Marion E. T. McMurdo and Josie M. M. Evans

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:57

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Implications of male circumcision for women in Papua New Guinea: a transformational grounded theory study

    Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and is being explored for HIV prevention in Papua New Guinea (PNG). PNG has a concentrated HIV epidemic w...

    Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Jane Mills, Rachael Tommbe, David MacLaren, Rick Speare and William J. H. McBride

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:53

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Profiles of lipids, blood pressure and weight changes among premenopausal Chinese breast cancer patients after adjuvant chemotherapy

    Adjuvant chemotherapy improves outcome of patients with early breast cancer. However, chemotherapy may be associated with long term toxicities. In this retrospective cohort study, the objectives were to determ...

    Winnie Yeo, Frankie K. F. Mo, Elizabeth Pang, Joyce J. S. Suen, Jane Koh, Herbert H. F. Loong, Christopher C. H. Yip, Rita Y. W. Ng, Claudia H. W. Yip, Nelson L. S. Tang and Giok S. Liem

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:55

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Transvaginal Sonography: perception and attitude of Nigerian women

    To assess the attitude to and perception of transvaginal sonography (TVS) among Nigerian women of mixed educational status in order to ascertain factors that may prevent them from submitting to TVS when recomm...

    Mark C Okeji, Kennedy K Agwuna, Chika N Ihudiebube-Splendor, Iliyasu Y Izge, Kelechi K Ekuma and Jennifer O Emeter

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:54

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy versus vaginal sacrospinous fixation for vaginal vault prolapse, a randomized controlled trial: SALTO-2 trial, study protocol

    Hysterectomy is one of the most performed surgical procedures during lifetime. Almost 10 % of women who have had a hysterectomy because of prolapse symptoms, will visit a gynaecologist for a surgical correctio...

    Anne-Lotte W. M. Coolen, Mèlanie N. van IJsselmuiden, Anique M. J. van Oudheusden, J. Veen, Hugo W. F. van Eijndhoven, Ben Willem J. Mol, Jan Paul Roovers and Marlies Y. Bongers

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:52

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Frequency and predictors of anxiety and depression among pregnant women attending tertiary healthcare institutes of Quetta City, Pakistan

    Anxiety and depression (A&D) are commonly reported among pregnant women from all over the world; however, there is a paucity of workable data from the developing countries including Pakistan. The current study...

    Rahila Ghaffar, Qaiser Iqbal, Adnan Khalid, Fahad Saleem, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Nosheen Sikandar Baloch, Fiaz ud Din Ahmad, Sajid Bashir, Sajjad Haider and Mohammad Bashaar

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:51

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Risk factors and a prediction model for lower limb lymphedema following lymphadenectomy in gynecologic cancer: a hospital-based retrospective cohort study

    Lower limb lymphedema (LLL) is a chronic and incapacitating condition afflicting patients who undergo lymphadenectomy for gynecologic cancer. This study aimed to identify risk factors for LLL and to develop a ...

    Kenji Kuroda, Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Manami Yanagisawa, Akira Kawata, Naoya Akiba, Kensuke Suzuki and Kazutoshi Naritaka

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:50

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  12. Study protocol

    Endometrial scratching in women with implantation failure after a first IVF/ICSI cycle; does it lead to a higher live birth rate? The SCRaTCH study: a randomized controlled trial (NTR 5342)

    Success rates of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) are approximately 30%, with the most important limiting factor being embryo implantation. Mechanical endometrial injury, also called ‘scratching’, has be...

    N. E. van Hoogenhuijze, H. L. Torrance, F. Mol, J. S. E. Laven, E. Scheenjes, M. A. F. Traas, C. Janssen, B. Cohlen, G. Teklenburg, J. P. de Bruin, R. van Oppenraaij, J. W. M. Maas, E. Moll, K. Fleischer, M. H. van Hooff, C. de Koning…

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:47

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Exposure of hospitalised pregnant women to plasticizers contained in medical devices

    Medical devices (MDs) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are not a well-known source of exposure to plasticizers, in particular during pregnancy. Because of its toxicity, the di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has be...

    Cécile Marie, Sebti Hamlaoui, Lise Bernard, Daniel Bourdeaux, Valérie Sautou, Didier Lémery, Françoise Vendittelli and Marie-Pierre Sauvant-Rochat

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:45

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Impact of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation on maternal mental health during pregnancy and postpartum: results from a randomized controlled trial in Vietnam

    Micronutrient malnutrition has been associated with maternal depressive symptoms (MDS), but little is known about the effects of preconceptional micronutrient supplementation. This paper examined the effects o...

    Phuong H. Nguyen, Ann M. DiGirolamo, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Hoa Pham, Wei Hao, Hieu Nguyen, Truong V. Truong, Son Nguyen, Kimberly B. Harding, Gregory A. Reinhart, Reynaldo Martorell and Usha Ramakrishnan

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:44

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  15. Study protocol

    POstLAparoscopic Reduction of pain By combining intraperitoneal normal salinE And the pulmonary Recruitment maneuver (POLAR BEAR trial). RCT to estimate reduction in pain after laparoscopic surgery when using a combination therapy of intraperitoneal normal saline and the pulmonary recruitment maneuver

    Shoulder pain and pain in the upper abdomen are common complaints after laparoscopy, sometimes surpassing the pain at incision sites. The incidence of shoulder pain ranges from 35 to 80%. Post-laparoscopic pai...

    J. E. W. van Dijk, S. J. Dedden, P. M. A. J. Geomini, P. Meijer, N. van Hanegem and M. Y. Bongers

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:42

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  16. Research article

    Effects of peer health education on perception and practice of screening for cervical cancer among urban residential women in south-east Nigeria: a before and after study

    Effective female education on cervical cancer prevention has been shown to increase awareness and uptake of screening. However, sustaining increase in uptake poses a challenge to control efforts. Peer health e...

    Chinyere Mbachu, Cyril Dim and Uche Ezeoke

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:41

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  17. Research article

    Cervical cancer risk perceptions, sexual risk behaviors and sexually transmitted infections among Bivalent Human Papillomavirus vaccinated and non-vaccinated young women in Uganda - 5 year follow up study

    Previous studies were conflicting regarding the associations between HPV vaccination, cervical cancer risk perceptions, high-risk sexual behaviors and STIs. This study compared the HPV-vaccinated and non-vacci...

    Edward Kumakech, Sören Andersson, Henry Wabinga, Caroline Musubika, Samuel Kirimunda and Vanja Berggren

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:40

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  18. Case report

    A case report of bicornis bicollis uterus with unilateral cervical atresia: an unusual aetiology of chronic debilitating pelvic pain in a Cameroonian teenager

    Congenital uterine anomalies like bicornis or bicornuate uterus are relatively rare in sub-Saharan Africa. They are associated with an increased rate of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and infertility....

    Julius Sama Dohbit, Esther Meka, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Igor Kamla, Darolles Mwadjie and Pascal Foumane

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:39

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  19. Research article

    Experiences with VHA care: a qualitative study of U.S. women veterans with self-reported trauma histories

    Women veterans in the United States, particularly those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a history of military sexual assault, have unique health care needs, but their minority status in the US Vet...

    Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, Eileen M. Harwood, Michele R. Spoont, Nina A. Sayer, Heather Gerould and Maureen Murdoch

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:38

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  20. Research article

    Can community health workers play a greater role in increasing access to medical abortion services? A qualitative study

    Despite being legally available in India since 1971, barriers to safe and legal abortion remain, and unsafe and/or illegal abortion continues to be a problem. Community health workers have been involved in imp...

    Pallavi Gupta, Sharad D. Iyengar, Bela Ganatra, Heidi Bart Johnston and Kirti Iyengar

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:37

    Published on: 25 May 2017

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