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Table 3 The comparisons of RHPAS scores in terms of reproductive health behaviors during the pandemic (n = 306)

From: Effects of the pandemic on women’s reproductive health protective attitudes: a Turkish sample

  n (%) RHPAS Significance
\(\overline{\mathrm{X} }\) ± SS
Diagnosis of COVID-19
 A family member/I was diagnosed with COVID-19 20 (6.5) 139.9 ± 25.5 *F = 2.905
p = 0.056
 A relative was diagnosed with COVID-19 83 (27.1) 136.8 ± 17.8
 No one was diagnosed with COVID-19 203 (66.3) 142.7 ± 21.4
What did you use to do when you had a reproductive system problem before the pandemic?
 I used to go to the doctor 191 (62.4) 144.7 ± 20.7 F = 7.686
p = 0.000
 I used to try finding relief by using a method I knew 33 (10.8) 138.7 ± 20.8
 I used to use medications prescribed before 11 (3.6) 133.0 ± 17.7
 I used to wait until it was relieved; if not, I used to g o to the doctor 71 (23.2) 132.1 ± 17.4
Did you have a reproductive system problem during the pandemic?
 Yes 71 (23.2) 142.7 ± 18.8 **t = 0.914
p = 0.362
 No 235 (76.8) 140.2 ± 21.0
Did you go to a health center for your genital complaints?
 Yes 90 (29.4) 144.7 ± 19.1 t = 2.208
p = 0.028
 No 216 (70.6) 139.1 ± 20.9
Why didn’t you go to a health center?
 I don’t go to the doctor for my genital problems 35 (11.4) 131.9 ± 17.2 F = 3.667
p = 0.013
 Due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission 228 (74.5) 141.3 ± 21.1
 Due to calls for staying at home 27 (8.8) 148.5 ± 17.4
 For fear of violating the social distance principles 16 (5.2) 138.5 ± 18.0
What did you do about your reproductive system problems during the pandemic?
 I tried to find relief by using the methods I already knew 123 (40.2) 138.7 ± 19.2 F = 3.439
p = 0.009
 I used the medications previously prescribed by my doctor 49 (16) 148.1 ± 19.4
 I did nothing and just waited until it was relieved 68 (22.2) 136.7 ± 21.8
 I used alternative methods like herbal tea and hot application 43 (14.1) 140.4 ± 20.5
 I took painkillers available at home 23 (7.5) 148.5 ± 22.0
Did your genital complaints affect your daily life?
 Yes 138 (45.1) 140.1 ± 20.8 t = − 0.508
p = 0.612
 No 168 (54.9) 141.3 ± 20.3
  1. RHPAS: Determination of Married Women’s Reproductive Health Protective Attitudes Scale
  2. *F = ANOVA test, **t = Independent Groups t-test