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Mitochondrial DNA copy number in cervical exfoliated cells and risk of cervical cancer among HPV-positive women.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jul 2;20(1):139. Epub 2020 Jul 2.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, No. 101 Longmian Ave, Jiangning District, Nanjing, 211166, China.

Background: Although human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has been regarded as the cause of cervical cancer in over 99% of cases, only a small fraction of HPV-infected women develop this malignancy. Emerging evidence suggests that alterations of mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtCN) may contribute to carcinogenesis. However, the relationship between mtCN and cervical cancer remains undetermined. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01001-wDOI Listing

Regional disparities in the flow of access to breast cancer hospitalizations in Brazil in 2004 and 2014.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 30;20(1):137. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

Laboratório de Epidemiologia e Análise de Dados, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC - FMABC, Av. Lauro Gomes, 2000. Santo André, São Paulo, 09060-870, Brazil.

Background: Access to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Brazil is marked by immense inequalities in the provision of specialized assistance, which leads patients to seek treatment outside the place of residence. To evaluate the variations between 2004 and 2014 in the distribution of flow between place of residence and care, and the average distance traveled for treatment of breast cancer in the administrative regions and federal states of Brazil.

Method: Analysis of secondary data from the years 2004 and 2014, extracted from the Department of Informatics of the Unified Health System through the Hospital Information System. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00995-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7325567PMC

Characteristics of aerobic vaginitis among women in Xi'an district: a hospital-based study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 30;20(1):138. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, No.277, Yanta Western Road, Xi'an, 710061, Shaanxi Province, China.

Background: Aerobic vaginitis (AV) is a reproductive tract infection that affects health of women. The objective of this study was to analyze the characteristics of simple and mixed AV patients in Xi'an district and provide reference data for the clinical treatment of AV.

Methods: Patients were recruited from the outpatient Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University from September 2014 to April 2019 in strict accordance with inclusion and exclusion criteria. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00997-5DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7325369PMC

Stool frequency and form and gastrointestinal symptoms differ by day of the menstrual cycle in healthy adult women taking oral contraceptives: a prospective observational study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 29;20(1):136. Epub 2020 Jun 29.

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, 572 Newell Dr, Gainsville, FL, 32611, USA.

Background: Little is known about how the menstrual cycle affects gastrointestinal function and self-reported stress in young, healthy women taking oral contraceptives (OC). This study prospectively characterized gastrointestinal function and symptoms on each day throughout the menstrual cycle.

Methods: Healthy women aged 18-35 years (n = 78) who took OC participated in the 5-week observational study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01000-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7325082PMC

Rare genital malformations in women's health research: sociodemographic, regional, and disease-related characteristics of patients with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 29;20(1):135. Epub 2020 Jun 29.

University Hospital Tübingen, Department of Women's Health, Tübingen, Germany.

Background: The Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, MRKHS, is a rare (orphan) disease characterized by the aplasia or hypoplasia of the uterus and the vagina. In women's health research, little is known as to how much care provision for patients with MRKHS takes into account their socio-demographic together with their clinical characteristics. This work examines the patients' socio-demographic characteristics, highlighting issues of inappropriate and deficient provision of care. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00969-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7322870PMC

Age-dependent changes in anti-Müllerian hormone levels in Lebanese females: correlation with basal FSH and LH levels and LH/FSH ratio: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 26;20(1):134. Epub 2020 Jun 26.

School of Medicine, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Astana, Kazakhstan.

Background: To investigate the age-dependent changes in circulating anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels in healthy Arabic-speaking Lebanese women, and to correlate changes in serum AMH levels with serum FSH and LH values, and LH/FSH ratio.

Methods: Cross-sectional study, involving 1190 healthy females, age 17-54 years, with regular menses and both ovaries. Serum AMH levels (ng/ml) were measured by ELISA. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00998-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7318543PMC

Feasibility and acceptability of using medical and nursing students to provide Implanon NXT at the community level in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 24;20(1):133. Epub 2020 Jun 24.

Department of Health Policy and Management, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canalt St, Suite 1900, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA.

Background: The use of implants has steadily increased in Kinshasa since 2013 but clinic-based access to this family planning method is limited due to distance and costs barriers. The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of providing Implanon NXT at the community level using medical and nursing students (M/N) as distributors, as part of a strategy to improve contraceptive uptake in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Methods: A cohort of 531 women who chose to receive Implanon NXT from a M/N student during community-based campaign days participated in three rounds of a quantitative survey administered at the time of insertion of the method, and at 6 and 12 months later. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00993-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7315479PMC

Exploratory study of a screening measure for polycystic ovarian syndrome, quality of life assessment, and neuropsychological evaluation.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 23;20(1):132. Epub 2020 Jun 23.

Prowers Medical Center, Lamar, CO, USA.

Background: The universally adopted 2018 PCOS medical diagnostic and treatment guidelines for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) cites the need for a brief screening measure that can be easily administered in the clinical care setting. We evaluate a 12-item questionnaire emphasizing the medical symptoms of PCOS with a group of women with PCOS as well as comparison samples of college women not diagnosed with PCOS.

Method: Of 120 undergraduate psychology women 18 to 41 years of age, 86 screened negative on a 12-item PCOS symptoms inventory. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00994-8DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7313190PMC

Anal incontinence and unrecognized anal sphincter injuries after vaginal delivery- a cross-sectional study in Norway.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 22;20(1):131. Epub 2020 Jun 22.

Innlandet Hospital Trust Hamar, Hamar, Norway.

Background: Aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of postpartum anal incontinence among women who delivered vaginally, and to assess the extent to which obstetric injuries to the anal sphincters are missed.

Methods: All women (both primiparous and multiparous) who delivered vaginally and received any kind of sutures in the perineal area at Innlandet Hospital Trust Elverum in Norway between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 were invited to answer a questionnaire on St. Mark's incontinence score and to participate in a clinical examination of the pelvic floor including endoanal sonography. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00989-5DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7310077PMC

Induced abortion: a cross-sectional study on knowledge of and attitudes toward the new abortion law in Maputo and Quelimane cities, Mozambique.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 19;20(1):129. Epub 2020 Jun 19.

International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

Background: Maternal mortality, of which 6.7% is attributable to abortion complications, remains high in Mozambique. The objective of this paper is to assess the level of induced abortion at the community, as well as to assess awareness of and attitudes towards the new abortion law among women of reproductive age in suburban areas of Maputo and Quelimane cities. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00988-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7304116PMC

Women's experiences of rectovaginal fistula: an ethno- religious experience.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 19;20(1):130. Epub 2020 Jun 19.

Students' Research Committee, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.

Background: Obstetric fistulas are one of the most tragic injuries that occur after difficult, prolonged childbirth without timely intervention. These fistulas cause discomfort to patients and result in emotional, social, and even physical suffering. The present study aimed to explore the experiences of women with rectovaginal fistula in Kamyaran city, in Kurdestan province, west of Iran. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00992-wDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7305629PMC

The disease stage-associated imbalance of Th1/Th2 and Th17/Treg in uterine cervical cancer patients and their recovery with the reduction of tumor burden.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 17;20(1):126. Epub 2020 Jun 17.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, Qingdao, People's Republic of China.

Background: Nearly all uterine cervical cancer (UCC) cases result from human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. After high-risk HPV infection, most HPV infections are naturally cleared by humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. Thus, cervical lesions of only few patients progress into cervical cancer via cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and lead to persistent oncogenic HPV infection. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00972-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7301485PMC

Intimate partner violence and nutritional status among nepalese women: an investigation of associations.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 17;20(1):127. Epub 2020 Jun 17.

Suaahara II, Helen Keller International Nepal, Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal.

Background: Malnutrition among women in Nepal persists as a major public health burden. Global literature suggests that domestic violence may have a negative impact on women's nutritional status. The contribution of intimate partner violence (IPV) to increased stress levels, poor self-care including the consumption of less food and, in turn, malnutrition has been documented. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00991-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7301521PMC

Intimate partner violence as a factor in contraceptive discontinuation among sexually active married women in Nigeria.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 17;20(1):128. Epub 2020 Jun 17.

Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Background: In spite of the well-established associations between socioeconomic and demographic factors and the high rate of contraceptive discontinuation among sexually active married contraceptive users, little is known in Nigeria about the relationship between contraceptive discontinuation and sexually active married women who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

Methods: The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey data on women's reproductive calendars and domestic violence were used to investigate the relationship between IPV and contraceptive discontinuation in a year period. A weighted sample size of 1341 women in a union in the domestic violence module, who have experienced IPV, and are using any contraceptive and are not sterilized in the 12 months periods was analyzed using frequency tables and chart, Pearson's chi-square test, and binary logistic regression model. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00990-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7302369PMC

Relationship between caffeine intake and infertility: a systematic review of controlled clinical studies.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 16;20(1):125. Epub 2020 Jun 16.

Centre for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 11, the 3rd Ring Road East, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China.

Background: For a long time, the relationship between caffeine consumption and infertility in the general population is unclear, this study is aimed to systematically review the evidence from any type of controlled clinical studies to explore whether caffeine intake is a risk factor for human infertility.

Methods: Seven databases were searched from inception to May 2019. We included women/men without a history of infertility but were willing to have children in prospective studies and women/men who were diagnosed with infertility in retrospective studies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00973-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7298863PMC

Barriers to seeking consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding: systematic review of qualitative research.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 12;20(1):123. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.

Background: Although Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) can have serious medical consequences and significantly impacts daily life, the overall trend is that most women do not seek care for these symptoms. The objective of this review was to synthesise factors impeding women's access care for AUB.

Methods: Systematic literature review of qualitative studies (interview and focus group) regarding the lived in experiences of women with abnormal menstrual symptoms, followed by a thematic analysis of these studies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00986-8DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7291434PMC

Clinical aspects and the quality of life among women with endometriosis and infertility: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 12;20(1):124. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Faculdade de Medicina do ABC / Centro Universitário Saúde ABC, Avenida Lauro Gomes, 2000, Vila Sacadura Cabral, Santo André, SP, 09060-870, Brazil.

Background: The quality of life (QoL) of patients with endometriosis and infertility was assessed in different stages and correlated with the clinical features of the cases.

Methods: The present study was a cross-sectional study; 106 women were included, divided in two endometriosis groups (Grade I/II, 26 women, and Grade II/IV, 74 women). All participants attended the Endometriosis and Infertility Outpatient Clinic of the Instituto Ideia Fértil de Saúde Reprodutiva, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil, were and responded to the Short Form (SF) Health Survey-36. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00987-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7291762PMC

Gynecological hysterectomy in Northern Tanzania: a cross- sectional study on the outcomes and correlation between clinical and histological diagnoses.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 12;20(1):122. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Box 2240, Moshi, Tanzania.

Background: Hysterectomy is one of the most common gynaecological procedures performed worldwide. The magnitude of the complications related to hysterectomy and their risk factors are bound to differ based on locations, availability of resources and level of surgical training. Documented complications rates and their correlates are reported from high income countries while data from low- and middle-income countries including Tanzania is scare. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00985-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7291471PMC

Path analysis of skin cancer preventive behavior among the rural women based on protection motivation theory.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 11;20(1):121. Epub 2020 Jun 11.

Department of Health Education & Promotion, School of Health, Arak University of Medical Science, Arak, Iran.

Background: Determining the effective factors on the adoption of preventive behaviors capable of reducing the risk of skin cancer is an important step in designing interventions to promote these behaviors. Based on the protection motivation theory, the present study is aimed to conduct a path analysis of skin cancer preventive behaviors in rural women to explore these factors.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 243 rural women were randomly selected from the west of Iran to receive a valid and reliable questionnaire assessing constructs from the protection motivation theory, as well as demographic information. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00978-8DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7291759PMC
June 2020
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Factors associated with seeking post-abortion care among women in Guangzhou, China.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 10;20(1):120. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

Department of rehabilitation, Nanhai Hospital, Southern Medical University, Foshan, China.

Background: In China, the vast majority of induced abortions are performed in public hospitals. However, post-abortion care (PAC) services are provided through the national network of family planning clinics, which are independent of the health care system. The integration of PAC services into abortion clinics in public hospitals is a new concept. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00980-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7288524PMC

Association between obesity and abnormal Papanicolau(Pap) smear cytology results in a resource-poor Nigerian setting.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 9;20(1):119. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla Campus, Enugu, Nigeria.

Background: Though obesity is associated with some malignancies, its association with cervical cancer is still inconclusive. This study was aimed at determining if there was an association between obesity and cervical epithelial cell abnormalities (CEA).

Methods: This was a cross-sectional comparative study of obese and non-obese women at the Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu between January, 2012 and June, 2013. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00984-wDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7285436PMC

The acceptability of using IUDs among Egyptian nulliparous women: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 5;20(1):117. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine Minia University, Minia, Egypt.

Background: Although intrauterine contraceptive device is highly effective, safe, long term and reversible method of contraception, the general population and physicians refuse. IUDs for nulliparous women due to persistent rumors about its side effects and complications. The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability of IUD use in nulliparous women by both women and health care providers in Egypt. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00977-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7275565PMC

Tumor characteristics and treatment outcomes of older patients with breast cancer in Jordan.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 5;20(1):118. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Office of Scientific Affairs and Research, Amman, Jordan.

Background: Less than 10% of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases in Jordan are diagnosed in women 70 years or older. Treatment plans of such patients is less clear and could result in poor outcomes. In this paper, we describe clinical presentation, tumor characteristics and treatment outcomes in this population of breast cancer patients. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00981-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7275342PMC

Breast cancer stigma among Indonesian women: a case study of breast cancer patients.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 3;20(1):116. Epub 2020 Jun 3.

Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, 55164, Indonesia.

Background: The stigma experienced by cancer patients stems from the association of cancer with death, as cancer is the most feared disease worldwide, especially among cancer patients and their families. The stigma regarding breast cancer screening behaviour has not been critically evaluated and is poorly understood; therefore, we aimed to analyse the stigmatization of breast cancer patients in Indonesia to reduce the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer.

Methods: A qualitative study using a focus group discussion (FGD) and in-depth interviews with thematic analysis was conducted. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00983-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7268729PMC

Fecundity disorders in older women: declines in follicular development and endometrial receptivity.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 1;20(1):115. Epub 2020 Jun 1.

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.

Background: Little research is available on follicular development and endometrial receptivity in older women. This study aimed to assess follicular development and endometrial receptivity, and to evaluate ultrasonic parameters in predicting endometrial receptivity during the implantation window in older women.

Methods: For this prospective case-control study, 224 older women and 215 young women were recruited. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00979-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7268486PMC
June 2020
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Relationship of chronic endometritis with chronic deciduitis in cases of miscarriage.

BMC Womens Health 2020 Jun 1;20(1):114. Epub 2020 Jun 1.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta Tsukinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2192, Japan.

Background: The presence of chronic deciduitis (CD) was determined in patients diagnosed with or without chronic endometritis (CE) before pregnancy.

Objective: To study the effect of CE on decidua in cases of miscarriage.

Methods: Decidual tissue was obtained from the patients who miscarried at the first pregnancy within a year after the diagnosis of the presence or absence of CE. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00982-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7268368PMC

"Kunika women are always sick": views from community focus groups on short birth interval (kunika) in Bauchi state, northern Nigeria.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 24;20(1):113. Epub 2020 May 24.

CIET-PRAM, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, 5858 Chemin de la Cote-des- Neiges, 3rd Floor, Suite 300, Montreal, Quebec, H3S 1Z1, Canada.

Background: In Northern Nigeria, short birth interval is common. The word kunika in the Hausa language describes a woman becoming pregnant before weaning her last child. A sizeable literature confirms an association between short birth interval and adverse perinatal and maternal health outcomes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00970-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7245922PMC

The role of social media for persons affected by infertility.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 24;20(1):112. Epub 2020 May 24.

Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

Background: Infertility remains a common universal disorder and a whole range of assisted reproductive technologies has been established. Society may fail to recognize the grief caused by infertility, which may lead to those struggling with it hiding their feelings. Previous research points out that infertile persons experience shortcomings in fertility care regarding continuity of care and social support. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00964-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7245829PMC

Lesion distribution characteristics of deep infiltrating endometriosis with ovarian endometrioma: an observational clinical study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 20;20(1):111. Epub 2020 May 20.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510000, China.

Background: To investigate the characteristics of deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) lesion distribution when associated with ovarian endometrioma (OEM).

Methods: The present study analyzed retrospective data obtained by the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, between June 2008 to June 2016. A total of 304 patients underwent laparoscopic surgery for complete removal of endometriosis by one experienced surgeon, and histological confirmation of OEM associated with DIE was conducted for each patient. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00974-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7240912PMC

Correction to: Clitoral leiomyoma in a premenopausal woman: a case report.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 20;20(1):110. Epub 2020 May 20.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Geneva University Hospitals, 30 Bld de la Cluse, 1211, Geneva, Switzerland.

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

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00975-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7238590PMC

Preliminary study on the effects of treatment for breast cancer: immunological markers as they relate to quality of life and neuropsychological performance.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 20;20(1):109. Epub 2020 May 20.

Department of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.

Background: Immunological biomarkers were related to quality of life and neuropsychological performance in women recently diagnosed with breast cancer through the first six months of treatment. A comparison group of breast cancer survivors in remission were also evaluated.

Method: Twenty women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 26 breast cancer survivors at least a year after treatment were evaluated four times over a course of six to 8 months. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00971-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7238579PMC

"When my mother called me to say that the time of cutting had arrived, I just escaped to Belgium with my daughter": identifying turning points in the change of attitudes towards the practice of female genital mutilation among migrant women in Belgium.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 19;20(1):107. Epub 2020 May 19.

Faculty of Public Health, Université Catholique de Louvain, 30 Clos Chapelle aux Champs, 1200, Brussels, Belgium.

Background: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a public health concern with negative consequences on women's health. It is a harmful practice which is recognized in international discourses on public health as a form of gender-based violence. Women are not only victims of this, but also perpetrators. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00976-wDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7236468PMC

The effect of oxytocin vaginal gel on vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 19;20(1):108. Epub 2020 May 19.

Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.

Background: Around 90% of postmenopausal women are suffering from vaginal atrophy. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of oxytocin vaginal gel on vaginal atrophy among postmenopausal women.

Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial that was conducted on 96 postmenopausal women who suffered from vaginal atrophy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00935-5DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7236919PMC
May 2020
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Knowledge of symptoms and risk factors of breast cancer among women: a community based study in a low socio-economic area of Mumbai, India.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 18;20(1):106. Epub 2020 May 18.

Department of Preventive Oncology, Centre for Cancer Epidemiology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, 400012, India.

Background: Breast cancer (BC) is leading cancer among women in India accounting for 27% of all cancers among women. Factors that make the policymakers and public health system worried are rising incidence of breast cancer in India and more importantly high death rates among breast cancer patients. One of the leading causes of high breast cancer deaths is lack of awareness and screening leading to the late presentation at an advanced stage. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00967-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7236367PMC

Effect of BMI on blood value of patients on HCG day with IUI treatment.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 14;20(1):105. Epub 2020 May 14.

Department of Reproductive Medicine, Binzhou Medical University Hospital, Binzhou, China.

Background: This study aims to analyze the effect of the body mass index (BMI) on E, P and LH values in females who received intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment on human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) day.

Methods: A total of 2319 cycles of IUI-assisted pregnancy treatment were selected in our hospital. Based on the BMI, female infertility patients are divided into three groups: normal weight group, overweight and obese group. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00963-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7227362PMC

Factors associated with quality of life of postmenopausal women living in Iran.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 14;20(1):104. Epub 2020 May 14.

Department of Biostatistics, School of Paramedicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Quality of life (QoL) after menopause could be influenced by a host of personal and social factors. This study aimed to determine the factors associated with quality of life among postmenopausal women.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 405 postmenopausal women selected using a multi-stage randomized sampling. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00960-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7227259PMC

General and reproductive health outcomes among female greenhouse workers: a comparative study.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 13;20(1):103. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Jiroft University of Medical Sciences, Jiroft, Iran.

Background: Agricultural activities as well as exposure to pesticides could have many adverse effects on health status and reproductive outcomes especially in reproductive aged greenhouse workers. The present study aimed to compare the general and reproductive health outcomes between female greenhouse workers and housewives.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 645 females of reproductive age. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00966-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7222304PMC

Effect of a postpartum family planning intervention on postpartum intrauterine device counseling and choice: evidence from a cluster-randomized trial in Tanzania.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 12;20(1):102. Epub 2020 May 12.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

Background: The World Health Organization recommends postpartum family planning (PPFP) for healthy birth spacing. This study is an evaluation of an intervention that sought to improve women's access to PPFP in Tanzania. The intervention included counseling on PPFP during antenatal and delivery care and introducing postpartum intrauterine device (PPIUD) insertion as an integrated part of delivery services for women electing PPIUD in the immediate postpartum period. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00956-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7218519PMC

Mediating effects of shoulder-arm exercise on the postoperative severity of symptoms and quality of life of women with breast cancer.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 11;20(1):101. Epub 2020 May 11.

School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, 250 Wuxing Street, Taipei, 11031, Taiwan.

Background: The postoperative severity of symptoms among women with breast cancer affects their quality of life (QoL). Although it is recommended that performing shoulder-arm exercise 30 min/day can alleviate symptoms and improve the QoL, there is little research on the mediating effects of performing shoulder-arm exercise 30 min/day on the postoperative severity of symptoms and QoL among patients with breast cancer.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted 2 ~ 4 months after surgery on women diagnosed with breast cancer but with no distant metastasis and who had undergone breast cancer surgery for the first time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00968-wDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7216339PMC

The decline of FGM in Egypt since 1987: a cohort analysis of the Egypt Demographic and Health Surveys.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 11;20(1):100. Epub 2020 May 11.

School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA.

Background: Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been a longstanding tradition in Egypt and until recently the practice was quasi-universal. Nevertheless, there are indications that the practice has been losing support and that fewer girls are getting cut. This study analyzes the prevalence of FGM in different birth cohorts, to test whether the prevalence declined over time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00954-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7216476PMC

The association between labor epidural analgesia and postpartum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 11;20(1):99. Epub 2020 May 11.

Department of Anesthesiology, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Background: Previous studies have demonstrated that appropriate treatment for postoperative pain can lead to improvement in depressive symptoms, however the association between adequate intrapartum pain control and the development of postpartum depression is not clear. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of labor epidural analgesia and postpartum depression.

Methods: We performed a quantitative systematic review in compliance with the PRISMA statement. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00948-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7216422PMC

Community stakeholders' views on reducing violence against women in Pakistan.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 7;20(1):98. Epub 2020 May 7.

Department of Equity and Policy Development at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Background: Nearly half of the women experience violence across their lifespan in all the provinces of Pakistan at an alarming rate. Despite knowing the prevalence, there has been meager progress in developing strategies to combat violence at individual, family, or community level. Many interventions suggested in other countries have been pilot tested but the effects of those interventions had been limited. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00961-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7206774PMC

Knowledge and attitude of reproductive age group (15-49) women towards Ethiopian current abortion law and associated factors in Bahir Dar city, Ethiopia.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 6;20(1):97. Epub 2020 May 6.

School of Public Health, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia.

Background: Unsafe abortion accounts for nearly 60% of all gynecologic admissions and almost 30% of all obstetric and gynecologic admissions. Studies on abortion in Ethiopia have given less attention to women's perceptions and experiences of abortion laws. Although the 2005 revised abortion law allows women to access safe abortion services, still unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00958-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7204207PMC

The effect of written information and counselling by an advanced practice nurse on resilience in women with vulvar neoplasia six months after surgical treatment and the influence of social support, recurrence, and age: a secondary analysis of a multicenter randomized controlled trial, WOMAN-PRO II.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 6;20(1):95. Epub 2020 May 6.

Institute for Applied Nursing Sciences IPW-FHS, FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied Sciences, Rosenbergstrasse 59, 9001, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Background: Women with vulvar neoplasia often complain about physical and psychological distress after surgical treatment. Lack of information and support can influence resilience. Whether an information-related intervention through an advanced practice nurse supports resilience and which other factors affect resilience in women with vulvar neoplasia has never been investigated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00965-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7203815PMC

Frequency, risk factors, and complications of induced abortion in ten districts of Madagascar: results from a cross-sectional household survey.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 6;20(1):96. Epub 2020 May 6.

Epidemiology and Public Health Unit, Institut Pasteur of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Background: Madagascar has restrictive abortion laws with no explicit exception to preserve the woman's life. This study aimed to estimate the incidence of abortion in the country and examine the methods, consequences, and risk factors of these abortions.

Methods: We interviewed 3179 women between September 2015 and April 2016. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00962-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7203894PMC

The effect of prenatal counseling on breastfeeding self-efficacy and frequency of breastfeeding problems in mothers with previous unsuccessful breastfeeding: a randomized controlled clinical trial.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 5;20(1):94. Epub 2020 May 5.

Student Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

Background: Breastfeeding is one of the most important interfering factors in infants' health. Monitoring mothers' performance and providing them with the feedback helps to increase their self-efficacy, interest in learning, and level of performance. The present research evaluates the effect of prenatal counseling on the breastfeeding self-efficacy and frequency of breastfeeding problems in mothers with previous unsuccessful breastfeeding. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00947-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7201717PMC

Missed opportunities for family planning counselling among HIV-positive women receiving HIV Care in Uganda.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 5;20(1):91. Epub 2020 May 5.

Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, P.O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda.

Introduction: HIV-positive women who are still in the reproductive years need adequate sexual and reproductive health information to make informed reproductive health choices. However, many HIV-positive women who interface with the health system continue to miss out on this information. We sought to: a) determine the proportion of HIV-positive women enrolled in HIV care who missed family planning (FP) counselling; and b) assess if any association existed between receipt of FP counselling and current use of modern contraception to inform programming. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00942-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7201557PMC

Influential factors on sexual function in infertile women with endometriosis: a path analysis.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 5;20(1):92. Epub 2020 May 5.

Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Endometriosis have a negative influence on women's sexual life. The aim of the current study was to test a conceptual model considering the interrelated role of anxiety, depression, sleep quality, physical activity, BMI, stage of endometriosis, the intensity of dyspareunia and pelvic pain on sexual function (SF) in infertile women with endometriosis. Also test the mediating role of sleep quality, anxiety, and depression. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00941-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7201757PMC

Women's empowerment is associated with maternal nutrition and low birth weight: evidence from Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 5;20(1):93. Epub 2020 May 5.

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Background: The burden of maternal undernutrition and low birth weight (LBW) incurs enormous economic costs due to their adverse consequences. Women's empowerment is believed to be one of the key factors for attaining maternal and child health and nutritional goals. Our objective was to investigate the association of women's empowerment with maternal undernutrition and LBW. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00952-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7201548PMC
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Crowdfunding abortion: an exploratory thematic analysis of fundraising for a stigmatized medical procedure.

BMC Womens Health 2020 May 4;20(1):90. Epub 2020 May 4.

Simon Fraser University, Blusson Hall - 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada.

Background: Medical crowdfunding is the process of using a crowdfunding platform to raise funds for medical treatment and associated expenses, such as missing work or transportation costs to access care. This type of crowdfunding has become increasingly popular, and is an effective tool to raise financing for medical treatment in the absence of insurance. However, it is accompanied by questions of which diseases or treatments are viewed as worthy to fund and which do not fit the criteria of worthiness. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-00938-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7197167PMC