International Journal of Women's Health and Wellness is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes information on all aspects of the science of women. The main objective of the journal is to set a forum for education, and exchange of opinions, and to promote research and publications globally. The Journal provides a platform for all clinicians, surgeons and health professionals to contribute their findings and help raise awareness among the community on women's healthcare including but not limited to gynecology, obstetrics, and breast cancer. We aim to publish the highest quality clinical content via open access platform providing the readers free, immediate and unlimited access.
International Journal of Women's Health and Wellness is an international, open journal which accelerates research updates on discovery and innovation in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Gametogenesis Fertilization, Implantation and Early development of Embryo, Normal Labour, Anatomical and Physiological Changes in Female Genital Tract during Pregnancy, Pharmacology of Drugs used during Pregnancy, Post-partum period, Development of Placenta, Amniotic Fluid, Anatomy of Fetus, Puerperium - Normal, Malpresentation & Malposition of Labour, Abnormal Puerperium, Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy, Physiology of Menstruation, Ovulation, Fertilization, Menopause, Endometriosis, Contraception, Cervical Cancer, Family Planning, etc. Manuscript in the form of such as Original Article, Reviews, Mini-Reviews, Short Communications, Case Reports, Perspectives/Opinions, Letters, Short Note, and Commentaries are accepted for publication. All articles published in the journal are subject to a rigorous peer review process. It encourages authors to publish their work in detail to disseminate the updated research findings.
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Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510083
Zeng Haoran, Li Xiang Ning and Swapna Boddu
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: November 24, 2018
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common disorder in adolescents in the reproductive age and share features with a number of psychiatric disorders. Moreover, it has a negative impact on emotions and their performances. Since many factors influence the development of this syndrome, we sought to examine and analyze the various social, behavioral, physical and psychological issues associated with PMS in this short review. Moreover, through this study, we recommend the need to have an effective healt...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510082
Simone De Carvalho and Jose Martins Filho
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 19, 2018
Data collection was realized through a questionnaire sent to participants via e-mail and recorded the interview. A total of 200 mothers from a virtual community in the social network participated in the research. The answers were transcribed using the Discourse of the Collective Subject method. The analysis was supported by the qualitative research perspective, from the Social Representation Theory. The following categories were obtained through data analysis: (1) Being prepared to discuss pedia...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510080
Staboulidou I, Beslic J, Kuehnle E, v Kaisenberg C, Hillemanns P and Schippert C
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 27, 2018
The aim was to compare the neonatal and maternal short-term outcome after an emergency caesarean to the outcome after an elective and after a second stage c-section. A possible impact of the weekday and time of the day as well as the incision-to-closure time within the overall collective and the decision-to-delivery time regarding emergency caesareans on neonatal and maternal outcomes was examined. In the majority of cases a decision-to-delivery time of 20 minutes in a clinic with Level I care i...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510079
Woolf Kapiteni, Celestin Mamba and Justin N Kadima
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 17, 2018
Maternal mortality is a major public health problem in the world and particularly in developing countries. Understanding the causes and responsibilities remain capital when action is needed by policymakers and practitioners or by caregivers. The objective was to analyze audit data reported on maternal deaths and highlight the major causes of mortality as well as responsibilities. We analyzed 48 cases of maternal deaths that were reported to the health information bureau of the province of North ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510078
Fantaye Chemir, Melkamu Gelan and Makeda Sinaga
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 29, 2018
Postnatal care is a critical period for both mothers and newborns survival. But, post-natal care is yet neglected; little attention and an effort have been paid by health care providers and policy makers in developing countries. Post-natal care service utilization is still low and maternal mortality rate is high. However, studies on postnatal care service utilization and associated factors are lacking in the study setting. Therefore, the aim of t...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510077
Fatemeh Mousavi, Parisa Shojaei and Sam Homasan
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: September 29, 2018
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the frequency of getting such health screenings as breast self-examination among a group of women and to identify the role of health beliefs in predicting breast self-examination (BSE). The data were collected from a convenience sample of 225 women covered of the clinics in northwest of Tehran. The participants completed the demographic questions and Champion Health Beliefs Scale (CHBS) designed to measure patients' perception on breast self-ex...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510076
Fatemeh Mousavi, Parisa Shojaei and Hoda Aryan
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: August 24, 2018
The Pap smear is a reliable, inexpensive and effective screening test for cervical cancer; the second most common cancer among women worldwide. We aimed to determine women's knowledge, attitudes and practice towards Pap smear in women live at the northwest of Tehran city. This study, was carried out on 334 outpatient Iranian women in winter 2018. A questionnaire including demographic characteristics (10 questions), knowledge (10 questions), attitudes (5 questions) and practice (2 questions) towa...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510075
Eleonora Storti, Silvia Vaccari, Raffaele Bruno, Alba Ricchi, Jessica Buffagni and Isabella Neri
Article Type: Clinical Trial | First Published: August 18, 2018
The term puerperium is used to indicate a time span that varies from six to eight weeks after childbirth, necessary for the woman's body to return to the conditions it was in before the pregnancy. Independently of its actual duration, the puerperium is a very delicate phase of the woman's life, with possible physical and psychological implications. What characterises this period is also the experience of pain. It is therefore important that all h...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510074
Teklemariam Ergat Yarinbab, Nega Yimer Tawi, Israel Darkiab, Fikadu Debele and Wasihun Adraro Ambo
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: August 18, 2018
Risky sexual behavior is a behavior related to sexuality which increases the susceptibility of an individual to reproductive health problems like Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs), unwanted pregnancy, abortion and psychological distress. Young people's are at higher risk of practicing risky sexual behaviors due to their risk taking behavior. The rate of risky sexual behaviors is increasing in developing countries. Therefore, the aim of this st...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510073
Nesreen AA Shehata, Ahmed E Arafa, Hamada A Abd El Wahed, Ashraf S Fahim and Gaber K Hussein
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 11, 2018
Dysmenorrhea is the most common gynaecological symptom among young women. It results in negative physical and psychological consequences. The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiology of dysmenorrhea and detect the sources of knowledge about menstrual disorders among female students in Beni-Suef University, Egypt....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510072
Sahar H Abdulghani
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: June 06, 2018
Fetal intra-cranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a rare complication diagnosed during pregnancy with subsequent fetal neurological sequelae or death. Hemorrhage can occur anyplace in fetal cranium it can take within the subarachnoid, subdural, intraparenchymal place and Intra-ventricular hemorrhage (IVH), which considered the most identified hemorrhage prenatally....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510071
Petrus V van Deventer
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: May 24, 2018
The main disadvantage of using a silicone prosthesis would be the foreign body reaction, causing encapsulation of the prosthesis with connective tissue, which, in some instances can cause hardening and/or deformation of breast shape. Regardless of the type of prosthesis used, be it gel filled, saline filled, smooth or textured surface, capsular contraction can still occur. Four different grades can occur ranging from grade 1 (almost natural to touch) to grade 4 (a deformed, hard and painful brea...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510070
Masato Nishida, Yasuo Otsubo, Yuko Arai, Ryota Ichikawa, Yuzuru Kondo, Hiroya Itagaki and Miyako Sakanaka
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 19, 2018
The risk of uterine rupture is a major concern for women who become pregnant after undergoing an adenomyomectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of uterine rupture and improve the surgical procedure used for prevention....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510069
Kadriye Aldemir, Aysel Gurkan, Feride Taskin Yilmaz, Sevinc Kaymaz and Gulbahtiyar Demirel
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 12, 2018
Anxiety about the fibrocystic disease of breast and the formation of cancer can lead to some psychosocial and sexual health problems in women. In this context, this study was conducted to determine the level of depression and sexual life quality of women with fibrocystic disease of breast....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510068
Christy Costanian, Zeina Akiki, Zeinab Rabah, Safaa Daou and Shafika Assaad
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: April 21, 2018
This study aimed to estimate the prevalence and examine the characteristics of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) among female university students. It also aimed to determine the factors associated with the affective and somatic domains of PMS....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510067
Yasser Sabr and Sara W Yousef
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: April 16, 2018
Transabdominal placement of a cerclage at the cervicoisthmic junction appears to be a safe and effective procedure for reducing the incidence of spontaneous pregnancy loss in selected patients with cervical insufficiency, we reported a case series of two woman with different indications for abdominal cerclage. Case 1 is a 25-years-old woman gravida 2 para 0 abortus 1 known case of hypoplastic upper and lower vagina who had 2 vaginal repair (vaginostomy) and had abdominal cerclage for short cervi...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510066
Angela Huntsman, John K Parker and Geoff P Lovell
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 28, 2018
Exercise is widely accepted as an effective activity for alleviating the impact of psychosocial challenges associated with motherhood. However our current understanding of how to help mothers adhere to exercise and how it affects positive psychosocial outcomes is lacking....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510065
Omobolanle Omisade, Alice Good and Tineke Fitch
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 12, 2018
Recent research on providing support for women with postnatal depression indicates that many women poorly comply with treatment or show only moderate improvement in depression. This paper reviews evidence on the association between intervention delivery approach for postnatal depression and its subsequent adherence....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510064
Mary V Seeman
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: November 27, 2017
Breast cancer is an important cause of death in women with severe mental illness. Patient factors, provider factors, and social factors contribute to increased incidence and delayed diagnosis as well as delayed and substandard treatment in this population....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510063
Bing Li, Jiaqing Hao, Xiaofang Yan, Maiying Kong and Edward R Sauter
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: August 09, 2017
Adipocyte/Macrophage Fatty Acid Binding Protein (A-FABP) is linked to breast cancer. Proteins up regulated in breast cancer tissue are often increased in milk from women with and at increased risk of developing breast cancer. We measured A-FABP in human milk from 76 lactating women based on a) Phase of lactation...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510062
Henry Ofori Duah and Isaac Adisah-Atta
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 26, 2017
The important role of women's health care decision making autonomy in enhancing the well-being of women and their families cannot be undervalued. As such, this study sought to examine the determinants of health Care decision making autonomy among mothers of children less than five years in Ghana using the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey dataset....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510061
Monica Trapasso, Enrica Angeli, Paolo Verdecchia, Gianpaolo Reboldi and Fabio Angeli
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: October 13, 2017
Hypertension disorders complicate up to 10%-11% of all pregnancies and remain leading causes of poor outcome, including placental abruption, organ failure, cerebrovascular accident and disseminated intravascular coagulation. These disorders are also associated with increased risk of perinatal death, fetal intrauterine growth restriction, and prematurity/preterm delivery....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510060
Eduardo Gonzalez-Bosquet and Carlos Lozada
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 25, 2017
Case control retrospective study of 226 women treated of early endometrial cancer. 79 patients in the laparoscopy group and 147 in the laparotomy group. Variables analyzed in both groups were patient age, body mass index, duration of follow-up, FIGO 2009 surgical stage, tumor grade, histopathologic type, number of lymph nodes yielded, operating time, postoperative hospital admission, perioperative and postoperative complications, conversion to la...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510059
RA Castillo-Reyther, SI Lara-Rodriguez, M Galarraga-Robledo, J Lumbreras-Marques, M Salas-Barraza, YI Hernandez-Rayon and F Vazquez-Alaniz
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 18, 2017
Pregnancy is a period of physiologic and physics changes in addition of cultural, social, religious and emotional influences. The type of violence during pregnancy period can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological. ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510058
Irene Podolak, Marion Birnstill, Karen Manson, and Gaurav Mehta
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: August 31, 2017
Health systems in the developed world are becoming unsustainable and health inequalities continue to widen around the globe. Applying asset-based approaches offers a new way of enhancing tangible and intangible collective attributes, such as: building capacity, strengthening resilience, and empowering individuals, communities and systems to promote women's and men's health and impact social change....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510057
Cynthia Pearl Pitter, Sandra Latibeaudiere, Tania Rae and Lorna Owens
Article Type: Opinion | First Published: August 18, 2017
Amidst advance action to increase positive pregnancy outcomes globally, sufficient focus and considerations have not being given to the human element, specifically the interpersonal relationships between care providers and the childbearing family. The attitude and behaviours of healthcare practitioners are critical to the overall delivery of quality maternity care and the mother's experience during childbirth....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510056
Resolution of Uterine Arterio-Venous Malformation Followed by Uneventful Pregnancy after Administration of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist Concomitantly with an Aromatase Inhibitor and Tranexamic Acid
George A Vilos, Angelos G Vilos, Basim Abu Rafea, Ghadeer Al-Shaikh S, Yasser Sabr and Hazem Al-Mandeel
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: August 11, 2017
Uterine Arterio-Venous Malformations (AVM), also referred to as uterine vascular malformations, arteriovenous fistulae or shunts, consist of a cluster of abnormal interconnections between the arterial and venous system in an area of the endomyometrium. The vast majority of uterine AVMs are encountered in reproductive aged women following pregnancy, and they are thought to represent a delayed or failed resolution of the utero-placental bed and its...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510055
Roney Cesar Signorini Filho, Leandro Freitas Colturato, Guilherme Bicudo Barbosa, Thaiane Silverio Fatibello Rosa and Luiz Henrique Gebrim
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 12, 2017
Cervical cancer is the third-leading cause of death from cancer in Brazilian female population. Treatment depends on the clinical stage of the disease according to the classification of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510054
Lee Rose, Kumar Jessica, and Al-Nimr Amer
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 05, 2017
The UN Millennium Declaration in September 2000 was a milestone in history that marked a commitment of world leaders to a global partnership of time-bound targets for 2015 that became known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). MDG3 to promote gender equality and empower women included targets to eliminate gender disparities in the realms of education, employment, and government....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510053
K Keen, J Maples, B Cooley, A Olenick, M Blankenship, D Hoover and R Tinius
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 29, 2017
High-intensity exercise is safe and effective for low-risk pregnant women and their developing babies; however, little is known about the psychological effect of an acute bout of high-intensity exercise among pregnant women. The goal of this study is to examine maternal mood in response to an acute bout of high-intensity exercise....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510052
Ya Duan, Shan Kang, Jian Zhao and Zengjun Tang
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: May 24, 2017
Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) is a metabolic disease caused by an inherited deﬁciency of heme biosynthesis. Acute attacks of AIP during pregnancy are very rare. However, it presents the obstetrician with challenging problems. Prompt diagnosis and early detection of the disease are crucial for the appropriate treatment and favorable prognosis....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510051
Nguefack Felicitee, Dongmo Roger, Djoumessap Djoyou Christine Marquise, Ourtchingh Clovis, Neh Flora, Dongmo sylvestre, Nana Njotang Philip, Ntsama Junie Annick and Tatah Sandra
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: April 15, 2017
More than half (58.6%) of the staff interviewed were nursing assistants. The EOK for deliveries do not contain non-sterile examination gloves, while those for cesarean sections do not have analgesics. However, most staff (72.8%) declared the delivery kit was complete; just as 74.1% declared the cesarean sections kit was complete....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510050
Flavia Francoso Genovesi, Rosangela Aparecida Pimenta Ferrari, Sandra Mara Maciel, Jose Carlos Dalmas, Alexandrina Aparecida Maciel Cardelli and Debora Fernanda Vicentini Bauer
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: April 13, 2017
There was a statistical association was found between age group (p < 0.0001), schooling (p < 0.0001) and parity. Primiparity among young women (78.3%) and schooling ≥ 8 years (85.3%), having a partner (p = 0.039), paid occupation (42.5%) and upper and middle classes (22%). Almost all women from both groups had exclusively breastfed in the maternity hospital (p = 0.071)....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510049
Chatura Nagaradona and Martin S Forde
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: March 30, 2017
Unsafe abortions are performed in countries where abortions are illegal. Preventing unsafe abortions is one of the easiest ways to improve women's health. Gaining an understanding of the perceptions of physicians to illegal abortions can be used to recommend policy changes that can positively impact on women's health....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510048
Lindsay M Goad, Heather R Williams, Mackenzie S Treloar, Colleen K Stockdale and Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 29, 2017
Short interpregnancy interval increases maternal and infant morbidity. Improved postpartum contraceptive education and planning may reduce these risks by allowing adequate birth spacing. However, the readiness and acceptance of women to discuss contraception plans during pregnancy is unknown....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510047
Dania Al-Jaroudi, Saadia Jamaat, Ouhoud Kaddour, Tariq Wani and Ahmed Al-Badr
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 20, 2017
The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in women with PCOS. A prospective study of 31 women with PCOS was observed at the Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility Medicine Department (REIMD) at Women's Specialized Hospital, King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) from April 2010 to August 2011....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510046
Adebola Adegboyega, Mollie Aleshire and Ana Maria Linares
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 22, 2017
Globally, 530,000 women per year are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and approximately 275,000 die from the disease. Routine cervical cancer screening may reduce the burden of cervical cancer morbidity and mortality through early detection and improved treatment outcome....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510045
Barbara G Silverman, Hoda Anton-Culver, Freddie Bray, Stevens Lisa, Eser Sultan, Nimri Omar, Pavlos Pavlou, Kevin Ward, Haris Charalambous, Anna Demetriou, Argyrios Ziogas, Ariana Znaor, Lital Keinan-Boker and Chang Jenny
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 20, 2017
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. Regional comparisons of breast cancer incidence can shed light on population and health care factors that contribute to differences between countries. We surveyed breast cancer incidence in four population based cancer registries in the Middle East to identify factors associated with regional variations in breast cancer incidence....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510044
Francine Carla Cadona, Alencar Kolinski Machado, Marco Aurelio Echart Montano, Charles Elias Assmann and Ivana Beatrice Manica da Cruz
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 10, 2017
Cancer incidence and cancer-related deaths are dramaticallys rising worldwide. In women, current estimates show high incidence of breast cancer (BC). BC is considered the second most frequent cancer-related death causer in women worldwide, responsible for millions of deaths each year. However, BC early diagnosis improves treatment success and increase survival rates. Physical examination, mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging are te...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510043
Stephanie Rivera-Segarra, Lizzie Ramos-Tollinchi, Natalia Cardenas-Suarez and Josefina Romaguera
Article Type: Cross-sectional Descriptive Study | First Published: December 14, 2016
Pregnancies affected with neural tube defects (NTDs) are mostly associated to maternal deficiency of folic acid (FA). Although supplementation is recommended for all women of childbearing age, the incidence of NTDs in Puerto Rico has not shown a significant decrease....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510042
Muna M Baslaim, Iman H Baroum, Budoor A Salman, Basma S Baghlaf, Muayad A Al-Farsi and Nada M Ghouth
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 12, 2016
A national screening program for breast cancer in Saudi Arabia is well accepted by the society. Healthcare providers of all specialties need to be oriented with the importance of public awareness and the impact of screening. A well-structured screening program tailored to the local parameters may help discover breast cancer cases at an early stage. ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510041
Zerf Mohammed, Mokkedes Moulay Idris, Hamek Bagdad, Houar Abelatif and Bengoua Ali
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 23, 2016
Body composition is one of the primary factor influence athlete's performance. Whereas several studies have reported that higher BMI is associated with reduced levels of physical performance, in addition, other results demonstrated that BMI is an accurate best tool to use as an indicator of body fatness in the general population where the relationship between BMI and physical performance has not been clarified....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510040
Aynur Mustafa, Zehra Bozdag, Neslihan Bayramoglu Tepe and Huseyin Caglayan Ozcan
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: November 16, 2016
Epignathus or oropharyngeal teratomas are extremely rare congenital neoplasms that arise from the oral cavity or pharynx. Teratomas commonly occur in sacrococcygeal region. However, less than 5% occur in the head and neck. Malignant teratomas account 5%-30% of all teratomas. We present an unusual case of immatureoropharyngeal teratoma that arises from sphenoid with intracranial extension, in a 22 weeks female fetus. There are many types of head a...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510039
Emelie Nilsson, Stina Olsson, Henrik Thorlacius and Salma Butt Tuna
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 10, 2016
Data was collected from Malmo Diet and Cancer Study, with baseline examinations between 1991 and 1996. Out of 17035 women who completed all study parts, 765 women with incident breast cancer were included in this study. Kaplan Meier and Cox Proportional Hazards analyses, with 95% confidence intervals (CI), were used to study OC in relation to breast cancer-specific and overall survival. All analyses were stratified on age at diagnosis....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510038
Ndiaye P, Niang K, Thiam O, Maro JP and Sambou A
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 03, 2016
The evaluation focused on the past 15 years. Interviews with key informants were conducted at three ministries (Health and Social Welfare, Interior, Armed Forces), the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Food Security, three UN agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA), and three health districts. The review analyzed nineteen national planning and/or programming documents....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510037
Faith Diorgu and Mary Steen
Article Type: Case Study Review | First Published: October 01, 2016
During a student nurse-midwives portfolio review in 2013, it was noted that a high proportion of women had a caesarean section and that all vaginal births were performed in a lithotomy position. The lithotomy birthing position is associated with increased risk of an episiotomy. This instigated the undertaking of a retrospective review of maternity case notes of 569 women, who gave birth at the two maternity hospitals in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510036
Rajan Paudel, Uma Shahi Thakuri, Mohan Paudel and Dilaram Acharya
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: September 24, 2016
Domestic violence has emerged as one of the global social and medical concerns, particularly in developing countries. It has affected women from all spheres of life. The consequences of domestic violence are well documented across the world; however, there is still scanty literature related to the domestic violence exploring its knowledge and experience among Nepalese women....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510035
Marcela Gurovich, Cristhel K Fagerstrom, Maria J Prieto and Hugo Sanchez
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 22, 2016
Urinary incontinence (UI) affects millions of people around the world and affects quality of life (QoL). Even though public exposure to this problem in recent years through commercial advertisements has facilitated women seeking care, the frequency is still low. Prevalence of the condition varies according to study participants and measurement of UI. The different methodologies used across studies accounts for some of the variation....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510034
Tracy L Onega, Julie E Weiss, M Scottie Eliassen, Jennifer A Alford-Teaster, Martha E Goodrich, Linda S Kennedy, Silvia Portillo, Marco Tulio Martinez Membreno, Roberto Armando Elvir Zelaya, Ana Barrientos, Mary D Chamberlin, Gregory J Tsongalis, Derek S Stenquist, Oscar Herrera, Miguel Angel Crespin, Camilo Mandujano, Rosario Lopez Madrid, Juan Fernando Paz, Heather B Steinmetz, Peace N Eneh and Suyapa Bejarano
Article Type: Original Research Article | First Published: September 12, 2016
Incidence of and mortality from cervical cancer can be reduced through education, prevention, and screening. Cervical cancer has the highest incidence of all female cancers in Honduras and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Honduran women. We developed a survey to examine women's knowledge, barriers, and perceptions of cervical cancer among women attending a health fair (Jornada) in rural El Rosario, Honduras....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510033
Karin Weman Josefsson
Article Type: Short Communication | First Published: September 08, 2016
Regular physical activity and exercise bring about recognized health benefits and most Western countries have developed health recommendations, targeted information and programs to promote these behaviors. In spite of this, a large amount of the Western populations do not reach recommended levels of physical activity and exercise. Because people in general are most likely aware of these benefits, one way to understand the modest uptake would be t...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510032
Allison M Gilbert, Jill A McDonald, Rebecca L Palacios, Ivan de la Rosa and Elynor Wilson
Article Type: Original Research Article | First Published: September 05, 2016
In the United States and Mexico, birth rates are higher along the US-Mexico border than in non-border areas. Socioeconomic and cultural factors have been studied in relation to fertility among US Hispanics, but study in the border region is limited. To better understand the complexity of fertility behavior along the border, we analyzed transcripts from previously conducted discussion groups that were broadly focused on reproductive health in the ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510031
Leandro Cordero, Amneet Bajwa, Mona R Prasad, Reena Oza-Frank, Mark B Landon and Craig A Nankervis
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: August 23, 2016
Background: In the United States, at the time of discharge from the hospital, approximately 79% of the general maternal population started breastfeeding their infants. Less is known about breastfeeding among women with diverse high risk obstetrical (HROB) conditions, a group at high risk for low breastfeeding rates. Objective: To determine infant feeding preference and breastfeeding at the time of hospital discharge among HROB women who attended ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510030
R Jared Weinfurtner and Jennifer Drukteinis
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: August 15, 2016
The utility of MRI in the detection of breast cancer has evolved over the last few decades. It is now the most sensitive imaging tool available for the diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. There are drawbacks however, namely increased cost in comparison to screening mammography and decreased specificity. Thus, it is important to tailor the use of breast MRI to specific screening populations in order to maximize the benefit to drawback ratio. In t...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510029
Miguel Angel Acosta-Benito
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: August 10, 2016
A 75% of women will have at last one episode of vaginitis, which can become persistent in more than a half of them. Its symptoms are disturbing and carry a psychological charge for patients. Although it is frequently caused by bacterial vaginosis, vaginal candidiasis or trichomoniasis, there is other aetiology that must be taken into account, as noninfectious vaginitis and atrophic vaginitis. Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis is a disease of un...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510028
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: July 21, 2016
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer among American women, and approximately one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Because screening mammography (periodic mammographic examination of both breasts in asymptomatic women to detect breast cancer) has been successful at reducing mortality from breast cancer by 30 to 40%, most medical organizations in the United States, have recomme...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510027
Danielle Deboutte, Timothy O'Dempsey, Brian Faragher and Amuda Baba
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 20, 2016
Background: High user cost is a known barrier to emergency obstetric care for the poor, contributing to excessive maternal mortality. Financial concerns about seeking healthcare may be compounded by an underestimation of obstetric risk and the cost of losing a wife. Methods: Focus groups investigated the cost of marriage, obstetric care and maternal death in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510026
Sonia Guleria, Alexandra Jones, Lindsay Zimmerman, Kelly Stempinski and Ashlesha Patel
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: July 11, 2016
Completion of the three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series has been challenging and cost may play a role. The objectives of this study were 1) to evaluate vaccine completion rates after receipt of first dose and 2) to determine factors associated with vaccine completion among women presenting at an urban, public hospital, where the vaccine was provided free of charge....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510025
Bela Kudish and Alexander Geoffrey Anderson
Article Type: Commentary | First Published: June 27, 2016
Urinary incontinence affects millions of women worldwide and is as common as hypertension, depression, or diabetes, with the prevalence estimated between 10 and 77%. The urinary incontinence rates vary by race or ethnicity and by age. Among the various types of urinary incontinence, bothersome stress urinary incontinence is reported to occur in 15% of women, arising commonly after a vaginal delivery, with urge urinary incontinence/overactive blad...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510024
Samuel Kalibala, Erick Oweya and Lyson Phiri
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 25, 2016
In sub-Saharan Africa women have disproportionately higher HIV prevalence than men. This is in spite of the wide availability of HIV information, condoms and HIV testing services. UNAIDS has proposed that due to women's fear of stigma and rejection by their partners, women are not able to seek HIV testing and other HIV services. In order to inform targeted programming for women it is important to examine to what extent women in Africa have attain...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510023
Alexandre Laurent, Laurence Moine, Laurent Bedouet and Michel Wassef
Article Type: Short Review | First Published: June 15, 2016
Once fibroid ischemia is achieved by the blockade of the uterine arteries with particles, there is no longer the need for these particles which act as permanent foreign bodies in the uterus. They generate inflammation and will compromise the physiological adaptation of the uterine arteries during pregnancy. After having played their role, the particles have to disappear. The time for resorbable biomaterials has come. Promising degradable microsph...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510022
Robert L Reid and Bryden A Magee
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 04, 2016
When approaching a female patient with concerns about her reproductive health, it is important to first consider how a given hormonal test will guide diagnosis, impact treatment or define prognosis. Sometimes, the interpretation of hormone levels can cloud the clinical diagnosis. Careful consideration of the value and limitations of each test helps to streamline the path to diagnosis and the cost to the healthcare system. We review the utility of...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510021
Tanya Lawlis and Maggie Jamieson
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: June 02, 2016
Women are at high risk of becoming food insecure. While emergency food relief assistance is available, an underlying clientele culture and stigma combined with entrenched societal power inequality and gender role identification create barriers for women to access safe and nutritious food. This commentary aims to discuss this issue and provide suggestions on what needs to be done to ensure that those at highest vulnerability are food secure....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510020
Parisa Ghafoorian and Hossein Hasanabadi
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 01, 2016
This was a quasi-experimental pre-post design with control and follow-up (45 days). Samples selected through purposive sampling method among one hundred fifty females (aged between 30-40 years old) complained their spouse infidelity in counseling clinics of Mashhad-Iran. Final samples comprised 30 female who were consented to participate in the study and replaced in control (N = 15) and intervention groups (N = 15) randomly. The Acceptance and Co...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510019
Mauro Monteiro de Aguiar, Helena Juliana Nagy, Marianna Fernandes Miranda, Karina Sampaio Cavalcanti and Lorena Jackson
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: May 18, 2016
Adenomyosis consists in a benign gynecological condition that is characterized histologically by the presence of ectopic endometrial tissue in the myometrium. Clinically, it is characterized by dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain and even infertility. The failure of clinical treatment requires hysterectomy. However, conservative surgery has been proposed as a feasible and safe option for treatment of adenomyosis, when d...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510018
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: March 25, 2016
The aim of this study was to examine stories of abandoned babies' news published in newspapers in Turkey. In this retrospective descriptive study, infant deaths and abuse stories in newspapers published as Turkish examined. In the 80 news published between 01.01.2013 and 31.12.2014, 88 babies reported. Twenty eight (31.82%) of these babies were abandoned. Of abandoned babies, 25 had died, 23 were newborn, and most of them were abandoned by unmarr...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510017
Evans Paul Kwame Ameade and Baba Sulemana Mohammed
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: March 23, 2016
Management of pain is optimized if the pain is assessed with the appropriate measuring tool. Verbal rating scale (VRS) and numerical rating scale (NRS) are pain assessment tools. This study was aimed at determining if there is a correlation between VRS and NRS in menstrual pain assessment and the cut-off point of VRS categories on the NRS....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510016
Kay Wilhelm, Inika Gillis and Gordon Parker
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 16, 2016
Early relationships formed between parent and child are thought to guide the child's feelings, thoughts and expectations in subsequent adult relationships. We examined the relationship between two four category models of perceptions of parenting and adult attachment style among a nonclinical cohort. Parenting style was assessed using the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) and adult attachment, using the Relationship Questionnaire (RQ)....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510015
Filio Degni, Brahima A. Diallo, Walid El Ansari, Reija Klemetti and Kathleen Valtonen
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 14, 2016
Mali is one of the West African nations facing public health challenges. The country ranks among the top 10 countries in which women face the highest risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth. Particularly during the armed conflict in 2012, in the northern regions of Mali, healthcare services were destroyed and afterwards the healthcare centers were no longer able to run in the normal way. Women's access to health services became a critical i...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510014
Carla Dukas and Lou-Marie Kruger
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: February 29, 2016
In this feminist phenomenological study rich descriptions of the subjectively lived experience of depression, as recounted by ten low-income rural women themselves, were provided. Analysis of the data obtained through semi-structured interviews, highlighted that the depressed women in this community often articulated their psychological distress as bodily symptoms. Emotions of anger, anxiety and hopelessness were also more commonly experienced an...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510013
G. M. A. Higginbottom, H. Vallianatos, J. Shankar, B Osswald and C. Davey
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 24, 2016
Food practices throughout the perinatal period have a profound influence on the health and wellbeing of a mother and her child. Following migration, pregnant immigrant women bring with them culturally-situated beliefs about appropriate eating behaviors, while simultaneously encountering new socio-cultural environments that can negatively affect their food choices. Research is needed to inform and improve the provision of culturally appropriate ma...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510012
Kolsoom Safary, Hamdia Mirkhan Ahmed and Lida Moghaddam-Banaem
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: February 24, 2016
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is deﬁned as any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or ﬁrst recognition during pregnancy. The prevalence may range from 1 to 14% of all pregnancies depending on the population studied and the diagnostic tests employed. The most common result of GDM is macrosomia, which increases in several adverse outcomes during birth, such as shoulder dystocia, perineal lacerations, blood loss, and increas...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510011
Omer Faruk Karatas, Ilknur Inegol Gumus, Omer Bayrak, Mehmet Erol Yildirim, Huseyin Badem and Ersin Cimentepe
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: January 26, 2016
In women, orgasm is defined as giving a feeling of happiness and fulfillment after sexual stimulation which is decreasing of vasocongestion; rhythmic contractions of uterus, anus and vagina muscles surrounding the pelvic region, also defined as a state of short term intense pleasure. Sexuality takes an important role and has an impact on the quality of life of the couples....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510010
C. Τsompos, C. Panoulis, K Τοutouzas, A. Triantafyllou, G. Ζografos and A. Papalois
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 25, 2016
Permanent or transient damage with serious implications on adjacent organs and certainly on patients' health may be due to tissue ischemia and reperfusion (IR). Important progress has been made regarding the usage of erythropoietin (Epo) Epoetin alfa [EPREX (151118) API] of Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd with CAS Registry Number: 113427-24-0 which is human erythropoietin produced in cell culture using recombinant DNA technology, authorized by the European...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510009
Dani Moffit, Tim Braun and Kurt Schiess
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: December 31, 2015
A 30-year old female recreational runner presented groin, hip adductors, rectus abdominis, and inguinal ligament pain. Previous history revealed the pain started three years prior, recently increasing with activities of daily living. After birth of her third child, pain increased so she could not perform daily tasks such as grocery shopping, and was unable to hold her children. Examination revealed normal gait, level iliac crests, and normal lumb...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510008
Yvonne Fontein-Kuipers, Evelien van Limbeek, Marlein Ausems, Raymond de Vries and Marianne Nieuwenhuijze
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: December 22, 2015
Maternal distress is a major concern for perinatal health. We define maternal distress as a spectrum consisting of a variety of psychological constructs that occur during the antenatal period. Maternal distress can be the result of pregnancy or birth or other non-pregnancy related experiences in a woman's past or present life. It varies in severity from stress, worry, and concerns to more serious feelings of unhappiness, anxiety and/or depression...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510007
Jenni Smit, Nzwakie Mosery, Lavanya Pillay, Mags Beksinska, Letitia Rambally-Greener, Cecilia Milford, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook and Patricia S. Coffey
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: December 22, 2015
Increasing access to underutilized family planning methods is of global concern. The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities identified the female condom (FC) as one of 13 essential and overlooked commodities. Male and female condoms are currently the only effective method of dual protection against unintended pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A new ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510006
Harpriya Kaur, Delf Schmidt-Grimminger, Steven W Remmenga, Baojiang Chen, KM M Islam and Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway
Article Type: Original Research Article | First Published: December 8, 2015
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Pregnant women are at higher risk of HPV infection because during pregnancy major physiological and immunological changes take place that modulate the functioning of the immune system and may cause changes in HPV replication. These changes may also make the clearance of HPV much more difficult. HPV infection can impair extra villious trophoblast inv...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510005
Mary A Otoo, Kent Hoskins, Katherine C Brewer, Anna B Beckmeyer-Borowko, Caryn E Peterson and Charlotte E Joslin
Article Type: Short Communication | First Published: November 11, 2015
Non-Hispanic blacks (NHB) have poorer ovarian cancer survival rates than non-Hispanic whites (NHW). This difference is in part due to differences in treatment uptake. The objective of this study is to characterize racial differences in reasons for non-receipt of treatment among women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer (OVCA) in the United States and Puerto Rico between 1998 and 2012....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510004
Gerald D. Coleman
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: November 02, 2015
This essay provides a brief and broad overview of rape, leading to a discussion of pregnancy after rape. This discussion focuses on myths and misinformation as well as research-based evidence pertaining to the likelihood of pregnancy occurring due to rape, perceptions of rape-related pregnancy, abortion following rape-related pregnancy, and perspectives on appropriate health care responses to pregnancy due to rape....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510003
Nathan Denlinger, Nicole Nolan, Kristin Bixel, Ritu Salani, Douglas Martin and Allison M. Quick
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 21, 2015
Retrospective analysis was performed on patients treated for cervical cancer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 2000 to 2014. A total of 525 patients were identified and 52 of these patients received interstitial brachytherapy and were included in the analysis. All patients received external beam radiation. All patients were treated with low-dose-rate interstitial brachytherapy, except for one patient who was treated with hig...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510002
Prem B Bhandari
Article Type: Original Research Article | First Published: October 14, 2015
This paper investigates the influence of women's autonomy and husbands' roles in decision making on the utilization of antenatal care, a primary indicator of women's health and well-being. Using data on 4,018 Nepalese mothers who had at least one birth within the last 5 years, I employ multilevel logistic regression and find that women's autonomy in decision making significantly and positively contributed to antenatal care visits. Similarly, join...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2474-1353/1510001
Olga Grechukhina, Diana P. English, Wei Hong, Ravi Kaza and Elena Ratner
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: August 09, 2015
This is a case of a 39 year old gravida 4 para 2-0-1-2 patient who presented to the emergency room with 1 week history of worsening left sided abdominal pain associated with vaginal bleeding. She had a positive pregnancy test and transvaginal ultrasound demonstrated an 11x9x7cm retrouterine mass concerning for hemorrhagic debris but no adnexa were identified. Surgery was complicated by conversion from laparoscopy to low transverse laparotomy due ...
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