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  1. High number of unintended pregnancies—often leading to induced abortions—are reported among female sex workers (FSWs), highlighting a major unmet need for contraception. To better understand barriers to contra...

    Authors: Diana Faini, Patricia Munseri, Muhammad Bakari, Eric Sandström, Elisabeth Faxelid and Claudia Hanson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:267

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Gender-based violence among young women is a growing problem worldwide. The consequences of this victimization have been well reported in the scientific literature, among which negative health outcomes stand o...

    Authors: Laura Ruiz-Eugenio, Sandra Racionero-Plaza, Elena Duque and Lidia Puigvert

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:266

    Content type: Research article

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  3. A remarkable decline in fertility rates has been observed in many countries, with a primary determinant being an increase in the use of contraceptives. However, the birth rate in Pakistan is still higher compa...

    Authors: Sadia Jabeen, Adnan Rathor, Maria Riaz, Rubeena Zakar and Florian Fischer

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:265

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Overweight and obesity of women is a growing concern all over the world. However, an understanding on the socio-economic inequalities in overweight and obesity of women received little attention, especially in...

    Authors: Emran Hasan, Moriam Khanam and Shafiun N. Shimul

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:263

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Dyspeptic syndrome is particularly common in postmenopausal women in the form of epigastric pain. The aim of the study was to assess the role of melatonin in chronic dyspepsia in this group of women, and exami...

    Authors: Cezary Chojnacki, Marta Mędrek-Socha, Paulina Konrad, Jan Chojnacki and Aleksandra Błońska

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:262

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Molecular classification of breast cancer is an important factor for prognostic and clinical outcomes. There are no data regarding molecular breast cancer subtypes among Togolese women. The objective of this s...

    Authors: Ablavi Adani-Ifè, Koffi Amégbor, Kwamé Doh and Tchin Darré

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:261

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Although an increased inter-recti distance, also known as diastasis recti, is common after pregnancy, evidence-based knowledge about the condition is relatively limited. In particular, little is known about th...

    Authors: Martin Eriksson Crommert, Karolina Petrov Fieril and Catharina Gustavsson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:260

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Whether routine lymph node dissection for early endometrial cancer is beneficial to survival is still controversial. However, surgeons usually perform lymph node dissection on all patients with early endometri...

    Authors: Guangmin Zhang, Hongyou Chen, Yanying Liu, Liyan Niu, Liming Jin, Dong Li, Lihua Song, Lifei Shang, Xiangya Lin, Fei Wang, Fengtong Li, Xinyu Zhang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Yan Gao, Dongyu Qiu, Yunpu Zhang…

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:258

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The purpose of this study was to clarify the reliability and validity of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength assessment using the MizCure perineometer in healthy women.

    Authors: Yui Abe-Takahashi, Takeya Kitta, Mifuka Ouchi, Minori Okayauchi, Hiroki Chiba, Madoka Higuchi, Mio Togo and Nobuo Shinohara

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:257

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Fascin is an actin-binding protein and highly expressed in ovarian cancer cells. It is associated with metastasis of cancer and may be a useful prognostic factor. Anticancer activity of curcumin is related to ...

    Authors: Mi Ju Kim, Ki-Su Park, Kyoung-Tae Kim and Eun Young Gil

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:256

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Although iodine nutrition status is improving globally, the progress is not uniform throughout the world due to several factors. Among these, poor knowledge, negative attitude and improper practice of iodized ...

    Authors: Agize Asfaw, Tefera Belachew and Taye Gari

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:255

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Stress urinary incontinence worsens living conditions as far as the occupational, social, mental, physical and sexual aspects of a woman’s life. Despite its real impact on the everyday lives of millions of wom...

    Authors: Joanna Witkoś and Magdalena Hartman-Petrycka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:254

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Portable devices that can be used to perform colposcopy may improve cervical cancer screening in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) where access to colposcopy is limited. The objective of this study was t...

    Authors: Katayoun Taghavi, Eliane Rohner, Partha Basu, Nicola Low, Anne Rutjes and Julia Bohlius

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:253

    Content type: Research article

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  14. To summarize the clinical experience of ultrasound-guided minimally invasive surgery for granulomatous lobular mastitis (GLM), and explore the feasibility of this technique for treating GLM.

    Authors: Hongye Liao, Jujiang Guo, Xuming Chen, Zhipeng Hua, Juli Lin and Yiyin Weng

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:252

    Content type: Research article

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  15. In South Africa, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer mortality. Most cancers are diagnosed at a late-stage and following symptomatic presentation...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Suzanne E. Scott, Fiona M. Walter, Amos D. Mwaka and Jennifer Moodley

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:251

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Fine needle aspiration cytology is a simple, relatively accurate, non-invasive, and cost-effective method of diagnosing most breast pathologies. To date, there is no sufficient data depicting the distribution ...

    Authors: Kidane Siele Embaye, Saud Mohammed Raja, Medhanie Haile Gebreyesus and Matiwos Araya Ghebrehiwet

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:250

    Content type: Research article

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  17. COVID-19 related guidelines and movement restrictions are designed to protect the public’s health and reduce disease transmission; yet, COVID-19 related restrictions on movement including social distancing, is...

    Authors: Dabney P. Evans

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:249

    Content type: Correspondence

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  18. Behavioural and structural factors related to sex work, place female sex workers (FSWs) at high risk of maternal mortality and morbidity (MMM), with a large portion due to unintended pregnancies and abortions....

    Authors: Gentiane Perrault Sullivan, Fernand Aimé Guédou, Georges Batona, Frédéric Kintin, Luc Béhanzin, Lisa Avery, Emmanuelle Bédard, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Djimon Marcel Zannou, Adolphe Kpatchavi and Michel Alary

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:248

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Dysregulated endothelial cell growth is involved in many types of human cancer, including cervical cancer. LncRNA GATA6-AS was reported to regulate endothelial cell growth, suggesting it might involve in cervi...

    Authors: Xiaoying Zhao, Huzhong Zheng and Jun Chen

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:247

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable, neurodegenerative disease, significantly associated with psychological, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional consequences. MS is more common in females than...

    Authors: Nabi Nazari, Akram Aligholipour and Masoud Sadeghi

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:245

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is prevalent in females of reproductive age with signs and symptoms that significantly reduce self-esteem and have a negative impact on their qual...

    Authors: Sultan Alghadeer, Alhanouf Algarawi, Faten Abu-Rkybah, Mashael M. Alshebly and Yazed Alruthia

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:244

    Content type: Research article

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  22. A large number of women with breast cancer suffer from fatigue, and social support is described as having a positive impact on health in stressful life situations. The aim of this study is to evaluate social s...

    Authors: Hege Lilleskare Sørensen, Tore Kr. Schjølberg, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen and Inger Utne

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:243

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a complex and disabling condition that affects women of reproductive age, characterised by severe physical and psychological symptoms that occur cyclically and remit f...

    Authors: Elizabeth Osborn, Anja Wittkowski, Joanna Brooks, Paula E. Briggs and P. M. Shaughn O’Brien

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:242

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The aim of this study was to explore the personal views of female gynecologists regarding the management of POP with a particular focus on the issue of uterine sparing surgery.

    Authors: Peter Urdzík, Vladimir Kalis, Mija Blaganje, Zdenek Rusavy, Martin Smazinka, Martin Havir, Rastislav Dudič and Khaled M. Ismail

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:241

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Female sexual dysfunction is a common condition that negatively impacts the emotional health and quality of life of the affected individuals. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are becoming increasi...

    Authors: Igor Fernando de Aquino Moreira, Maria Passos Bianchini, Gabrielle Rodrigues Campos Moreira, Alessandra Maciel Almeida and Bruno Almeida Rezende

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:240

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The promotion of contraception in countries with high birth rates has the potential to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal, and childhood deaths. Every year in sub-Saharan Africa approximately 14 million unintend...

    Authors: Mamecha Mesha, Akalewold Alemayehu and Deresse Daka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:239

    Content type: Research article

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  27. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Timothy W. Menza, Lauren Lipira, Amisha Bhattarai, Victoria Cali-De Leon and E. Roberto Orellana

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:238

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Women's Health 2020 20:219

  28. Cervical cancer is known to be preventable because of the long pre-invasion period and the availability of appropriate screening methods. Pap smear is a selective screening approach, which is not taken serious...

    Authors: Rahimeh Momeni, Zahra Hosseini, Teamur Aghamolaei and Amin Ghanbarnejad

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:237

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Studies about the majority of the factors that may potentially influence the pubertal timing and menarche were controversial. The objective was to evaluate the association between factors related to the pregna...

    Authors: Josephine Sakkal, Souheil Hallit and Georges Nicolas

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:236

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Commercial surrogacy is a highly controversial issue that leads to heated debates in the feminist literature, especially when surrogacy takes place in developing countries and when it is performed by local wom...

    Authors: Virginie Rozée, Sayeed Unisa and Elise de La Rochebrochard

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:234

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Various socio-demographic factors have been introduced as the determinants of Low Sexual Desire (LSD), but whether these variables can also contribute to the Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), remains u...

    Authors: Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi, Mina Malary, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Soghra Khani, Mehdi Pourasghar and Narges Alianmoghaddam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:233

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Adequate knowledge and positive attitude toward menopause are important for women to tackle changes related to menopause. Even though all women experience menopause at some stage in their life, teachers face m...

    Authors: Helen Gebretatyos, Lidia Ghirmai, Soliana Amanuel, Ghidey Gebreyohannes, Zemenfes Tsighe and Eyasu H. Tesfamariam

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:232

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) may affect women’s mental wellbeing, functioning and quality of life, with potentially negative effects on treatment adherence. Identifying and addressing t...

    Authors: Lorrein Shamiso Muhwava, Katherine Murphy, Christina Zarowsky and Naomi Levitt

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:231

    Content type: Research article

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  34. We sought to estimate the prevalence and describe heterogeneity in experiences of gender-based violence (GBV) across subgroups of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW).

    Authors: Parinita Bhattacharjee, Huiting Ma, Helgar Musyoki, Eve Cheuk, Shajy Isac, Margaret Njiraini, Peter Gichangi, Sharmistha Mishra, Marissa Becker and Michael Pickles

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:229

    Content type: Research article

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  35. For women who want to, exiting sex work can be challenging. Numerous programs strive to help women wanting to exit sex work and secure alternative sources of income by providing targeted support at key moments...

    Authors: Martine Shareck, Pearl Buhariwala, Maha Hassan and Patricia O’Campo

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:227

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. No known studies have been undertaken in South Africa exploring the contraceptive and fertility needs and preferences of women of reproductive age (18–49) diagnosed with breast cancer. This study set out to un...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Deborah Constant, Lydia Cairncross and Jennifer Moodley

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:224

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Sarcomatoid carcinoma (SC) is a malignant tumour composed of spindle cells. The incidence of SC is low, especially in the uterus. The imaging features of uterine sarcomatoid carcinoma (USC) are rarely reported...

    Authors: Tingting Cui, Yanfang Jin, Bin Li, Jiyuan Li and Yunlong Yue

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:223

    Content type: Case report

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  38. Unmet need for contraception contributes to the burden of unwanted pregnancies, which are correlated with a host of adverse maternal and child outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence an...

    Authors: Anthony Wemakor, Humphrey Garti, Nawaf Saeed, Obed Asumadu and Bede Anyoka

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:222

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common female reproductive disorder with multiple manifestations. There are relatively few qualitative studies exploring the nature of living with PCOS despite its high pr...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Caroline Smith, Lisa Moran, Freya MacMillan, Michael Costello, Brandi Baylock and Helena Teede

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:221

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Women who report transactional sex are at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, in the United States, social, behavioral, and trauma-related vulnerabilities associat...

    Authors: Timothy W. Menza, Lauren Lipira, Amisha Bhattarai, Victoria Cali-De Leon and E. Roberto Orellana

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:219

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2020 20:238

  41. A new estrogen-free contraceptive has been approved by both the FDA and more than 15 European authorities. It is composed of drospirenone (DRSP) at a dosage of 4 mg in a regimen 24/4. The molecule is known to ...

    Authors: Santiago Palacios, Enrico Colli and Pedro-Antonio Regidor

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:218

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women in every major developed country and in most emerging nations. Complications of pregnancy, including preeclampsia, indicate a subsequent incr...

    Authors: Alina Brener, Irene Lewnard, Jennifer Mackinnon, Cresta Jones, Nicole Lohr, Sreenivas Konda, Jennifer McIntosh and Jacquelyn Kulinski

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2020 20:217

    Content type: Research article

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