Unmet/met need for contraception and self-reported abortion in Ghana
Conclusion The linkage between unmet need for contraception appears more complex, particularly when the connections are explored post-abortion. Thus, while an abortion episode is most likely due to unintended pregnancy, contraception may still not be used, after an abortion, probably because of failure, side effects or simply, a dislike for any method. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - February 7, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Acknowledgement of Reviewers 2016
Publication date: March 2017 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 11 (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - February 2, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Examining the Influence of Mental Health on Dual Contraceptive Method Use among College Women in the United States
Conclusions Mental health is an important contributor to contraception method use. Health care providers should consider the role of mental health when counseling women about contraceptive options during routine gynecological visits. Results suggests that mental health screeners may be helpful in identifying those most at risk for not using dual contraceptive methods. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 28, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Women ’s experiences of abnormal Pap smear results – A qualitative study
Conclusions In general, women have a low level of awareness of HPV and its relation to abnormal Pap smear results. Women who receive abnormal Pap smear results need oral information, based on the individual women’s situation, and delivered at the time the women receive the test result. It is also essential that a good emotional contact be established between the women and the healthcare professionals. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 17, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Associations between Women's Perceptions of Domestic Violence and Contraceptive Use in Seven Countries in West and Central Africa
Conclusion The high prevalence of DV approval may threaten the success of programs aimed at improving women’s reproductive health, including contraceptive use. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 10, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Midwives ’ lived experience of caring for new mothers with initial breastfeeding difficulties: A phenomenological study
Conclusions Caring for new mothers with initial breastfeeding difficulties is a balancing act between the midwife’s personal desire to succeed in enabling mothers to breastfeed, the mothers’ wishes, the infants’ needs, the importance of collective collegial competence and the limitations in the health care organisation. This makes the midwife's efforts to provide individualised care frustrating and demanding as well as motivating. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 8, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Women ′s experiences of abnormal Pap smear results - a qualitative study
Conclusions In general, women have a low level of awareness of HPV and its relation to abnormal Pap smear results. Women who receive abnormal Pap smear results need oral information, based on the individual women’s situation, and delivered at the time the women receive the test result. It is also essential that a good emotional contact be established between the women and the healthcare professionals. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 7, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Rates of breastfeeding initiation among newborns
Publication date: Available online 5 January 2017 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Author(s): Rikke Damkjær Maimburg Rates of breastfeeding initiation in hospitals with a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit are limited. A follow-up study with prospectively collected data in a Danish university hospital with approximately 5000 annual births was conducted. Between 1 February 2015 and 30 June 2015, 1939 newborns were enrolled in the study. Rates of frequencies for initiation of breastfeeding were calculated. High initiations rates for breastfeeding were found among term-born infants. Newborns of multip...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 5, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Women ’s experiences of stillbirth in Somaliland: A phenomenological description
Conclusions This study makes an important contribution to our knowledge about how stillbirth is experienced by women in Somaliland. This information can be useful when health care providers communicate the experiences of stillbirth to women of Muslim faith who have experienced an intrauterine fatal death (IUFD) resulting in a stillbirth. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - January 3, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Is caseload midwifery a healthy work-form? – A survey of burnout among midwives in Denmark
Publication date: March 2017 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 11 Author(s): Ingrid Jepsen, Svend Juul, Maralyn Foureur, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Ellen Aagaard Nøhr (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - December 28, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Is caseload midwifery a healthy work-form? - A survey of burnout among midwives in Denmark
Publication date: Available online 20 December 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Author(s): Ingrid Jepsen, Svend Juul, Maralyn Foureur, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Ellen Aagaard Nøhr (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - December 21, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Female Genital Mutilation and challenges in disseminating high quality healthcare guidelines
Publication date: December 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 10 Author(s): Ingela Wiklund (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - December 7, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Sexual and reproductive health in spanish university students. A comparison between medical and law students
Conclusions The behavior and knowledge of medical students in relation to sexual and reproductive health differed from those of law students. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - December 2, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Sense of coherence in pregnant and new mothers – A longitudinal study of a national cohort of Swedish speaking women
Conclusion Sense of coherence is not stable during the childbearing period and is associated with women's sociodemographic background, emotional health and attitudes, but not with reproductive history or birth outcome. Parental stress is negatively correlated with SOC, and some important characteristics are similar in women having low SOC and high parental stress. Identifying women with low SOC in early pregnancy could be a means to prevent later parental stress. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - December 1, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Sense of coherence in pregnant and new mothers- a longitudinal study of a national cohort of swedish speaking women
Conclusion Sense of coherence is not stable during the childbearing period and is associated with women's sociodemographic background, emotional health and attitudes, but not with reproductive history or birth outcome. Parental stress is negatively correlated with SOC, and some important characteristics are similar in women having low SOC and high parental stress. Identifying women with low SOC in early pregnancy could be a means to prevent later parental stress. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 29, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

The experience of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among Hispanic women in a U.S. border region
Conclusion Participants were highly motivated to act in the infant’s best interest and the majority of women in the study made the necessary dietary and exercise changes to successfully manage their GDM. Nonetheless, it seems likely that additional low literacy information on food values may be beneficial. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 23, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Routine interventions in childbirth before and after initiation of an Action Research project
Conclusion Following an AR project, several interventions were reduced during labour and birth. Controlled studies in other settings are needed to assess the impact of collaborative action on decreasing unnecessary interventions. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 11, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Situating stigma in stratified reproduction: abortion stigma and miscarriage stigma as barriers to reproductive healthcare
Conclusions By measuring abortion stigma in comparison to miscarriage stigma, we can reach a more nuanced understanding of how perceptions of reproductive stigmas are stratified by race and reported reproductive history. Clinicians should be aware that reproductive stigmas do not similarly affect all groups. Stigma from specific reproductive outcomes is more or less salient dependent upon a woman's social position and lived experience. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 3, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Do we provide affordable, accessible and administrable health care? an assessment of ses differential in out of pocket expenditure on delivery care in india
Publication date: Available online 2 November 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Author(s): Jalandhar Pradhan, Rinshu Dwivedi (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 3, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Early discharge following birth – what characterises mothers and newborns?
Publication date: Available online 1 November 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Author(s): Ingrid MS Nilsson, Hanne Kronborg, Christopher H Knight, Katrine Strandberg-Larsen (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 2, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Danish women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour: a qualitative explorative study
Conclusion The experiences of the rebozo technique were overall positive and both of a physical and psychological nature. The results indicate that health professionals should view rebozo as an easy accessible clinical tool with high user acceptance and possible positive psychological and clinical implications. The study contributes with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a topic where only limited knowledge exists; however, efficacy studies are warranted. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - November 1, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Equitable abortion care – A challenge for health care providers. Experiences from abortion care encounters with immigrant women in Stockholm, Sweden
Conclusions Health care providers' experiences of the specific needs among non-European, immigrant women are not openly discussed, although they are acknowledged. To achieve equitable access to SRH, health care providers need to be better equipped when encountering immigrant women in abortion care, especially regarding contraceptive counselling. The potential impact of patients' knowledge, norms and values is not adequately dealt with in the clinical encounter. Moreover, to provide patient-centred care, it is crucial to understand how to develop and implement SRH care that ensures equal access to high-quality care. (Source...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 29, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Rationale, study protocol and the cluster randomization process in a controlled trial including 40,000 women investigating the effects of mindfetalness
Conclusion The work up to now follows the outlined time schedule. We expect to present the first results concerning the effects of Mindfetalness during 2018. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 29, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Attitudes toward abortion among students at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
This study aimed to describe the attitudes toward abortion of Ghanaian University students and to determine factors which are associated with supporting a woman's right to an abortion. Methods This cross-sectional survey was administered to residential students at the University of Cape Coast. Participants were posed a series of 26 statements to determine to what extent they were supportive of abortion as a woman's right. An exploratory factor analysis was used to create a scale with the pertinent factors that relate to abortion attitudes and a multivariable linear regression model explored the relationships among signific...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 29, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of female genital mutilation/cutting on sexual functions
Conclusion Sexual function in women with FGM/C is adversely altered. In Kurdistan province women, FGM/C is associated with reduction of scores of Persian-FSFI on all domain scores. Education in general and informing the people that FGM/C is not a religious Hadith certainly would have a great impact on the suffering of the women from FGM/C as well as the level of “desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain in the sexual function of women”. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Accessing sexual and reproductive health care and information: Perspectives and recommendations from young Asian American women
Conclusions These findings suggest that diversified strategies are needed to connect Asian American women with sexual and reproductive health care and information in order to meet their varied preferences, including strategies that are community-driven and culturally appropriate. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Titration of intravenous synthetic oxytocin post vaginal birth following induction or augmentation
Publication date: October 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 9 Author(s): Lucy Lewis, Yvonne L. Hauck, Alissa Pemberton, Caroline Crichton, Marion Conwell Evidence exists for titration of intravenous oxytocin during induction and augmentation, whereas no evidence was identified for titration of intravenous oxytocin following vaginal birth, where management excluded oxytocin for postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). This retrospective cohort study explored this issue through patient case notes and computerised perinatal data. Analysis included 335 women comparing induction (n = 226, 67%) to ...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Women's experiences of having an early medical abortion at home
Conclusions The finding that women experience information about the pain and bleeding to be insufficient suggests that information in those areas can be improved. The result that women without previous experience of abortion or childbirth stated the pain as being worse than other groups investigated suggests that special attention should be paid to those women. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Burnout among Norwegian midwives and the contribution of personal and work-related factors: A cross-sectional study
Conclusion One in five midwives had high levels of personal and work-related burnout in this study and the different sub-groups of burnout were all associated with absence from work within the last three months. Work-related factors such as shift work and number of working hours did not seem to influence burnout in this population. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

The association between smartphone dating applications and college students' casual sex encounters and condom use
Conclusion We found a robust association between using dating apps and having unprotected sex with a casual sex partner, implying that using dating apps is an emerging sexual risk factor. We recommend that interventions promoting the safe use of dating apps should be implemented. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

What do expectant fathers expect of antenatal care in Sweden? A cross-sectional study
Conclusion Expectant fathers had low expectations of receiving support or of meeting other parents as they thought that antenatal care should have a medical focus. First-time fathers, young fathers and fathers with very good emotional health had higher expectations of antenatal care in most areas. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Migration – A global challenge with implications for sexual and reproductive health and care
Publication date: October 2016 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 9 Author(s): Margareta Larsson (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Shaping the midwifery profession in Nepal – Uncovering actors' connections using a Complex Adaptive Systems framework
Conclusion The move of midwifery from an occupation to a profession in Nepal is an on-going, challenging process. The study indicates the importance of understanding the motivations of, and barriers perceived by, actors that can promote or obstruct the establishment of the midwifery profession. It also points to the importance of informing the wider public about the role and responsibility of an autonomous midwifery profession. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

High weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk for emergency caesarean section – Population-based data from the Swedish Maternal Health Care Register 2011–2012
Conclusion There is a need of national guidelines on recommended weight gain during pregnancy in Sweden. We suggest that the usefulness of the IOM guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy should be evaluated in the Swedish context. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Opting for natural birth: A survey of birth intentions among young Icelandic women
Conclusion Pre-pregnant women with low fear of birth and high confidence in their birth knowledge are more likely to have natural birth intentions. Addressing concerns about pain, safety, the perceived unpredictability of birth and worries about the physical impact of childbirth may strengthen natural birth intentions. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

‘I have made children, so what's the problem?’ Retrospective self-circumcision and the sexual and urological health needs of some Somali men in Sweden
This study explores the phenomenon with the aim to increase our understanding about the health needs of this group. Two focus group discussions (six and seven participants), one informal discussion with three participants, and 27 individual interviews were conducted in 2010 and 2011 with Somali-Swedish fathers, guided by a hermeneutic, comparative natural inquiry method. Eight participants had performed retrospective self-circumcision while living in rural Somalia. Actions were justified according to strong faith in Islam. Genital physiology was described as adequate for producing children, but physical sensation or charac...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Taking the matter into one's own hands – Women's experiences of unassisted homebirths in Sweden
Conclusion Some women may be more sensitive to attitudes and activities that are routinely performed during pregnancy and childbirth and therefore choose not to turn to any representatives of the medical system. The challenge should be to provide safe care to all women so that assistance from a midwife becomes a reality in all settings. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Knowledge, experience, and utilisation of sexual and reproductive health services amongst Nepalese youth living in the Kathmandu Valley
Conclusions Gaps exist between youth SRH knowledge and practices which leave them vulnerable to sexual ill health. This may indicate a lack of confidence in SRH services but also likely reflects the cultural and religious environment that hampers open expression of sexual and reproductive issues, particularly for young women. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Who uses long-acting reversible contraception? Profile of LARC users in the CUPID cohort
Conclusion Reproductive history and reasons for contraceptive use are strong indications of method choice. Promoting LARC as highly effective may not be a sufficient incentive for young women to take up the method when pregnancy prevention may be equal or secondary to their desired non-contraceptive effects. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

How to create a family? Decision making in lesbian couples using donor sperm
Conclusion Heteronormativity and the genetic link between parent and child influenced the decision making in lesbian couples creating a family through DI. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

“If really we are committed things can change, starting from us”: Healthcare providers' perceptions of postpartum care and its potential for improvement in low-income suburbs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Publication date: March 2017 Source:Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 11 Author(s): Eunice N. Pallangyo, Columba Mbekenga, Carina Källestål, Christine Rubertsson, Pia Olsson Objective To explore healthcare providers' perceptions of the current postpartum care (PPC) practice and its potential for improvement at governmental health institutions in low-resource suburbs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Design Qualitative design, using focus group discussions (8) and qualitative content analysis. Setting Healthcare institutions (8) at three levels of governmental healthcare in Ilala and Temeke suburbs, Dar...
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

An economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial on psycho-education counselling intervention offered by midwives to address women's fear of childbirth in Australia
Conclusion This brief psycho-education intervention by midwives did not improve the health-related quality of life of women, and had no impact on overall cost. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - October 15, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Physical exercise and pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy: A nested case –control study within the Danish National Birth Cohort
Conclusions The findings suggest a possible protective effect of physical exercise on pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - June 18, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of a sexual health care nursing record on the attitudes and practice of oncology nurses
Conclusion: A sexual health care record may have the potential to facilitate oncology nurses' practice of sexual health care. This study highlighted the importance of using SHC records with oncology patients to improve nursing practice related to sexuality issues. A nursing record focused on SHC for patients with cancer could make it easier and more effective for oncology nurses to provide such care to their patients. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - June 17, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Leisure time physical activity among pregnant women and its associations with maternal characteristics and pregnancy outcomes
Conclusions Positively, a considerably high proportion of Swedish pregnant women achieved the recommended level of physical activity. Factors associated with recommended physical activity level were BMI ≤30 kg/m2, very good or good self-rated health, and higher educational level. Our findings emphasise the need for health care professionals to early detect and promote fertile and pregnant women towards health-enhancing physical activity, especially those with low levels of physical activity and overweight/obesity, to improve overall health in this population. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - May 16, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Estimating financial resources for universal access to sexual reproductive health care: Evidence from two states in India
Discussions Total SRH expenditure is less than one percent of SGDP from all sources in each state. Among the sources, government's spending on SRH is more than household. A large part of household spending is on curative care which has implications for accessing services by the poor. In spite of data constraints, this paper presents a comprehensive analysis on SRH spending, which is critical for monitoring the commitment towards universal access to SRH. This evidence can be used for further improving data quality for RCH account in LMICs. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - May 16, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and the association with symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress in a multi-ethnic pregnant population in southern sweden
Conclusion The prevalence of lifetime abuse did not differ significantly for native and non-native Swedish-speakers but there were significant differences on a more detailed level. Abuse was associated with symptoms of depression and PTS. Being a non-native Swedish-speaker did not influence the association much. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - May 11, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Mode of delivery among Swedish midwives and obstetricians and their attitudes towards caesarean section
Conclusions Over the years, the indications for caesarean section have increased. The increase is shown in both the textbooks read during the different time periods as well as among the Swedish midwives and obstetricians born in 1955 and 1975. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - April 29, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Mode of delivery among swedish midwives and obstetricians and their attitudes towards cesarean section
Conclusions Over the years, the indications for caesarean section have increased. The increase is shown in both the textbooks read during the different time periods as well as among the Swedish midwives and obstetricians born 1955 and 1975. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - April 28, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research

Experiential avoidance, self-compassion, self-judgment and coping styles in infertility
Conclusions Findings suggest that emotion regulation processes may be an important target in psychological interventions for patients dealing with infertility and with the demands of medical treatment. (Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare)
Source: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - April 9, 2016 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research