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  1. Content type: Research

    The objective of this study is to validate three mental health scales in a targeted sample of pregnant Arab women living in Qatar: the Kuwait University Anxiety Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Edinb...

    Authors: Katherine A. Roof, Laurie James-Hawkins, Hanan F. Abdul Rahim and Kathryn M. Yount

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:149

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    Nonuse of contraceptive methods by women in need of contraception may impact their sexual and reproductive health. The aim of this study was to describe the reasons for nonuse of contraception among women with...

    Authors: Laísa Rodrigues Moreira, Fernanda Ewerling, Aluisio J. D. Barros and Mariangela Freitas Silveira

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:148

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) boasts one of the highest rates of institutional deliveries in sub-Saharan Africa (80%), with eight out of every ten births also assisted by a skilled provider. Howev...

    Authors: Xu Xiong, Rebecca Carter, Paul-Samson Lusamba-Dikassa, Elvis C. Kuburhanwa, Francine Kimanuka, Freddy Salumu, Guy Clarysse, Baudouin Kalume Tutu, Sylvain Yuma, Alain Mboko Iyeti, Julie H. Hernandez, Jeffrey G. Shaffer, Susie Villeneuve, Alain Prual, Lee Pyne-Mercier, Assaye Nigussie…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:147

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  4. Content type: Research

    A high number of vaginal examinations (VEs) may lead to a higher risk of infections, as well as discomfort/dissatisfaction with intrapartum care.

    Authors: Jessica Hanae Zafra-Tanaka, Renee Montesinos-Segura, Pamela D. Flores-Gonzales and Alvaro Taype-Rondan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:146

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  5. Content type: Research

    For a significant proportion of women, postpartum depression (PPD) is the first mood episode in their lives, yet its aetiology still remains unclear. Insecure attachment in close adult relationships is conside...

    Authors: Polona Rus Prelog, Marijana Vidmar Šimic, Tanja Premru Sršen and Maja Rus Makovec

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:145

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  6. Content type: Research

    Communication on sexuality within the family has been considered a determinant factor for the sexual behaviour of young women, contributing to delaying sexual initiation. Taking into account that young women a...

    Authors: Mónica Frederico, Carlos Arnaldo, Kristien Michielsen and Peter Decat

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:144

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  7. Content type: Research

    Maternal and newborn mortality continue to be major challenges in Nigeria. While greater participation of men in maternal and newborn health has been associated with positive outcomes in many settings, male in...

    Authors: Vandana Sharma, Jessica Leight, Nadège Giroux, Fatima AbdulAziz and Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:143

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  8. Content type: Research

    The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence of smoking by intensity status before pregnancy and during early (first and second trimester) and late (third trimester) pregnancy according to race/et...

    Authors: Anthony J. Kondracki

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:142

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  9. Content type: Research

    Although considerable progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality over the past 25 years in Senegal, the national maternal mortality ratio (MMR), at 315 deaths per 100,000 live births, is still unacc...

    Authors: Margaret E. MacDonald and Gorgui Sene Diallo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:141

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    The existing knowledge on the interplay between reproductive and sexual health, migration and acculturation is recent and inconsistent, particularly on the sociocultural motives and constraints regarding ferti...

    Authors: Violeta Alarcão, Miodraga Stefanovska-Petkovska, Ana Virgolino, Osvaldo Santos, Sofia Ribeiro, Andreia Costa, Paulo Nogueira, Patrícia M. Pascoal, Sónia Pintassilgo and Fernando Luís Machado

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:140

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  11. Content type: Research

    Continuing population growth could be detrimental for social and economic wellbeing. Understanding the factors that influence family planning decisions will be important for policy. This paper examines the eff...

    Authors: Jacob Novignon, Nadege Gbetoton Djossou and Ulrika Enemark

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:139

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  12. Content type: Research

    Sexual choices and practices of adolescents living in conservative societies, including Morocco, can be influenced either positively or negatively by the prevailing contextual and social norms. These norms not...

    Authors: Hicham El Kazdouh, Abdelghaffar El-Ammari, Siham Bouftini, Samira El Fakir and Youness El Achhab

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:138

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  13. Content type: Research

    Depression in patients with infertility often goes undiagnosed and untreated. The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and its ultra-brief version (i.e. PHQ-2) are widely used measures of depressive symptoms...

    Authors: Saman Maroufizadeh, Reza Omani-Samani, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Payam Amini and Mahdi Sepidarkish

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:137

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  14. Content type: Research

    Intentions-oriented approaches to measuring pregnancy do not necessarily align with how people view and approach pregnancy. Our objective was to obtain an in-depth understanding of the notions women and men ho...

    Authors: Meredith G. Manze, Dana Watnick and Diana Romero

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:135

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    More women are accessing modern contraceptive use in Kenya, however, contraceptive discontinuation has stagnated over the decades. Any further increase in contraceptive use will most likely be from past users,...

    Authors: Susan Ontiri, Lilian Mutea, Maxwell Muganda, Peter Mutanda, Carolyne Ajema, Stephen Okoth, Solomon Orero, Ruth Odhiambo, Regien Biesma, Jelle Stekelenburg and Mark Kabue

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:134

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  16. Content type: Review

    Unwanted pregnancies are considered as one of the most important public health risks. Regarding the importance of the unwanted pregnancy in the country and helping health policy-makers obtain more accurate inf...

    Authors: Rostam Jalali, Masoud Mohammadi, Aliakbar Vaisi-Raygani, Akram Ghobadi and Nader Salari

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:133

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  17. Content type: Research

    Inflammation and elevated blood lipids are associated with infertility. Aspirin and statin therapy may improve infertility treatment outcomes among overweight and obese women with systemic inflammation, but li...

    Authors: Kerry S. Flannagan, Lindsey A. Sjaarda, Micah J. Hill, Matthew T. Connell, Jessica R. Zolton, Neil J. Perkins, Sunni L. Mumford, Torie C. Plowden, Victoria C. Andriessen, Jeannie G. Radoc and Enrique F. Schisterman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:132

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  18. Content type: Research

    In Brazil, high contraceptive prevalence rates coexist with high rates of unintended pregnancies. Contraceptive discontinuation may explain this context, but few studies have focused on highly educated young w...

    Authors: Christiane Borges do Nascimento Chofakian, Caroline Moreau, Ana Luiza Vilela Borges and Osmara Alves dos Santos

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:131

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  19. Content type: Research

    Recent evidence suggests that mistreatment of women during childbirth is a global challenge facing health care systems. This study seeks to explore the prevalence of mistreatment of women in public health faci...

    Authors: Ephrem D. Sheferaw, Young-Mi Kim, Thomas van den Akker and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:130

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  20. Content type: Research

    Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the most populous state in India with historically high levels of fertility rates than the national average. Though fertility levels in UP declined considerably in recent decades, the cur...

    Authors: Shiva S. Halli, Damaraju Ashwini, Bidyadhar Dehury, Shajy Isac, Antony Joseph, Preeti Anand, Vikas Gothalwal, Ravi Prakash, B. M. Ramesh, James Blanchard and Ties Boerma

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:129

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  21. Content type: Research

    Appropriate health information seeking behavior can play an effective role in self-care and promotion of women’s quality of life during pregnancy. However, different barriers can impede pregnant women while ac...

    Authors: Marzieh Javanmardi, Mahnaz Noroozi, Firouzeh Mostafavi and Hasan Ashrafi-rizi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:128

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  22. Content type: Research

    As a consequence of biological, psychological and social changes during puberty, youth is a period characterized by impulsiveness and risk-taking. Members of this population often feel invulnerable and have a ...

    Authors: Sebastian Sanz-Martos, Isabel M. López-Medina, Cristina Álvarez-García and Carmen Álvarez-Nieto

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:127

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  23. Content type: Research

    In Indonesia infertility affects 10–15% of reproductive-age couples. In addition to medical problem, infertility in Indonesia poses significant social problem. Childlessness is often stigmatized as a failure w...

    Authors: Achmad Kemal Harzif, Victor Prana Andika Santawi and Stephanie Wijaya

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:126

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  24. Content type: Research

    Access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate reproductive life planning is essential to women’s health. Although many strategies and tools exist, few are designed for longitudinal use or provide visual a...

    Authors: Jessica M. Madrigal, Kelly Stempinski-Metoyer, Amy E. McManus, Lindsay Zimmerman and Ashlesha Patel

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:125

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  25. Content type: Research

    Adolescent pregnancy is a worldwide problem because of its health, social, economic and political repercussions on the globe. Even though the rates of adolescent pregnancy have declined over the decade, there ...

    Authors: Ibrahim Yakubu, Gholamreza Garmaroudi, Roya Sadeghi, Azar Tol, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad and Adadow Yidana

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:124

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  26. Content type: Research

    Despite the remarkable reduction of maternal mortality, unsafe and untimely menstrual regulation (MR) remains a major maternal health problem in Bangladesh. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and ide...

    Authors: Juwel Rana, Kanchan Kumar Sen, Toufica Sultana, Mohammad Bellal Hossain and Rakibul M. Islam

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:123

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  27. Content type: Research

    Although large scale public sector community health worker programs have been key in providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in low- and middle-income countries, their integration process into ...

    Authors: Joseph M. Zulu, John Kinsman, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Charles Michelo, Asha George and Helen Schneider

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:122

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  28. Content type: Research

    Eighty-five percent of the global burden of maternal mortality was covered by Sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia is a major contributor to the death of mothers with a maternal mortality ratio of 676 per 100,000 live...

    Authors: Wassie Sadik, Alemayehu Bayray, Ayal Debie and Tsegaye Gebremedhin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:121

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  29. Content type: Research

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a major public health challenge globally especially among adolescents and young adults in lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) in Africa including Ghana. In light of...

    Authors: Robert Kaba Alhassan, Abdulai Abdul-Fatawu, Belinda Adzimah-Yeboah, Worlali Nyaledzigbor, Samuel Agana and Prudence Portia Mwini-Nyaledzigbor

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:120

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  30. Content type: Research

    There is no consensus on the essential parameters to monitor during childbirth, when to start, and the rate of monitoring them. User disagreement contributes to inconsistent use of the twelve-item modified Wor...

    Authors: Michael S. Balikuddembe, Nazarius M. Tumwesigye, Peter K. Wakholi and Thorkild Tylleskär

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:119

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  31. Content type: Review

    In the past decade, the negative impact of disrespectful maternity care on women’s utilisation and experiences of facility-based delivery has been well documented. Less is known about midwives’ perspectives on...

    Authors: Susan Bradley, Christine McCourt, Juliet Rayment and Divya Parmar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:116

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  32. Content type: Review

    Evidence shows that the prevalence of risky sexual practice, drug abuse, and alcohol consumption behaviors in low and middle income countries such as Iran is not in a favorable condition. Preventive programs a...

    Authors: Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Mohammad Hossein Mehrolhassani, Farzaneh Zolala, AliAkbar Haghdoost and Nadia Oroomiei

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:115

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  33. Content type: Research

    Parent-adolescent reproductive health (RH) communication is one of the potential sources of information for adolescents on the topic. Given that female adolescents in Bangladesh are faced with increasing RH-re...

    Authors: Muhammad Zakaria, Junfang Xu, Farzana Karim and Feng Cheng

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:114

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  34. Content type: Review

    Female genital mutilation (FGM) is prevalent in communities of migration. Given the harmful effects of the practice and its illegal status in many countries, there have been concerted primary, secondary and te...

    Authors: Carolyne Njue, Jamlick Karumbi, Tammary Esho, Nesrin Varol and Angela Dawson

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:113

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  35. Content type: Research

    Migrant mothers in high-income countries often encounter more complications during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period. To enlighten health care providers concerning potential barriers, the objectiv...

    Authors: J. Sami, K. C. Quack Lötscher, I. Eperon, L. Gonik, B. Martinez de Tejada, M. Epiney and N. C. Schmidt

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:112

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  36. Content type: Research

    The practice of detaining people who are unable to pay for health care services they have received is widespread in many parts of the world. We aimed to determine the proportion of women and their infants deta...

    Authors: Karen D. Cowgill and Abel Mukengeshayi Ntambue

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:111

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  37. Content type: Research

    Fertility desire for a second child has been a lively topic since the implementation of the two-child policy in China. Chinese researchers have explored various factors influencing the fertility desire for a s...

    Authors: Shi-Min Chen, Ying Zhang and Yi-Bao Wang

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:110

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  38. Content type: Research

    Pregnancy among adolescent girls in Niger contributes to 34% of all deaths among females ages 15–19, but there is a dearth of research as to the specific contextual causes. In Zinder region, an area that is es...

    Authors: Ghazaleh Samandari, Carolyn Grant, Lily Brent and Sara Gullo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:109

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Adherence to therapy is a key predictor of the success of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment. There is limited information available from Iran about that and there is a need for more knowledge about ...

    Authors: Amin Ghanbari, Maryam Ordibeheshti Khiaban, Armin Aslani, Amir Reza Faraji, Milad Mohammadi and Azita Fathnezhad Kazemi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:108

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  40. Content type: Research

    In Tanzania, the information on Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness is insufficiently provided to pregnant women and their families. The aim of this study was to evaluate the maternal and infant outc...

    Authors: Yoko Shimpuku, Frida E. Madeni, Shigeko Horiuchi, Kazumi Kubota and Sebalda C. Leshabari

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:107

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  41. Content type: Research

    Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of abnormal pregnancy implantation leading to obstetric complications such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. However, the effect of ...

    Authors: Justin Chu, Ioannis Gallos, Aurelio Tobias, Lynne Robinson, Jackson Kirkman-Brown, Rima Dhillon-Smith, Hoda Harb, Abey Eapen, Madhurima Rajkhowa and Arri Coomarasamy

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:106

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  42. Content type: Research

    Although Nepal legalised abortion in 2002, a significant number of women continue to access unsafe abortions. An estimated 60% of all abortions performed in 2014 were unsafe, with unsafe abortion continuing to...

    Authors: Claire Rogers, Sabitri Sapkota, Rasmita Paudel and Jaya A. R. Dantas

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:105

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  43. Content type: Research

    Men in northern Nigeria are considered the leaders and ultimate decision makers, including decisions about health-related behaviours of their wives and children. Yet many men in the region consider pregnancy a...

    Authors: Olugbenga Oguntunde, Jabulani Nyenwa, Farouk Musa Yusuf, Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, Abdulsamad Salihu and Irit Sinai

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:104

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  44. Content type: Research

    In many low-and middle-income countries women with infertility are often in polygynous marriages. From a human and women’s rights perspective, the practice of polygyny is commonly understood as harmful. Studie...

    Authors: Susan Dierickx, Gily Coene, Bintou Jarju and Chia Longman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:103

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  45. Content type: Research

    The Demographic and Health Survey 2013–14 indicated that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still challenged by high maternal and neonatal mortality. The aim of this study was to assess the availabi...

    Authors: Dieudonné Mpunga Mukendi, Faustin Chenge, Mala A. Mapatano, Bart Criel and Gilbert Wembodinga

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:102

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  46. Content type: Research

    Many women still deliver outside a health facility in Ghana, often under unhygienic conditions and without skilled birth attendants. This study aims to examine the social determinants influencing the use of he...

    Authors: Emmanuel Dankwah, Wu Zeng, Cindy Feng, Shelley Kirychuk and Marwa Farag

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:101

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  47. Content type: Research

    Appropriate antenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. Routine antenatal care is provided at primary care facilities in rural India and women at-risk of poor outcomes are referred to advanced centres in citie...

    Authors: Samiksha Singh, Pat Doyle, Oona M. R. Campbell and G. V. S. Murthy

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:100

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