Prevalence of reproductive tract infections, genital prolapse, and obesity in a rural community in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Deeb, Mary E.
dc.contributor.author Awwad, Johnny
dc.contributor.author Yeretzian, Joumana S.
dc.contributor.author Kaspar, Hanna G.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-18T12:41:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-18T12:41:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2003 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-11-18
dc.identifier.issn 0042-9686 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4829
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of reproduction-related illnesses in a rural community in Lebanon. METHODS: Data were collected through interviews with women in their homes, physical examinations and history taking by physicians in a clinic in the community, and laboratory tests. A total of 557 ever-married women aged 15–60 years were selected randomly. FINDINGS: Just over half of the sample (268, 50.6%) had five or more children, and (320, 78.9%) of women aged <45 years were using contraception. The prevalence of reproductive tract infections was very low: six (1.2%) women had sexually transmitted diseases and 47 (9.3%) had endogenous reproductive tract infections. None had chlamydial infection or a positive serological finding of syphilis. None had invasive cervical cancer, and only one had cervical dysplasia. In contrast, genital prolapse and gynaecological morbidity were elevated. Half of the women studied (251, 49.6%) had genital prolapse, and 153 (30.2%) were obese. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of reproductive tract infections in this conservative rural community in east Lebanon was low. Possible explanations include the conservative nature of the community, the high rate of utilization of health care services, and the liberal use of antibiotics without a prescription. More importantly, the study showed an unexpectedly high prevalence of genital prolapse and obesity a finding that has clear implications for primary health care priorities in such rural communities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Prevalence of reproductive tract infections, genital prolapse, and obesity in a rural community in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOM en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200900035 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Bulletin of the World Health Organization en_US
dc.journal.volume 81 en_US
dc.journal.issue 9 en_US
dc.article.pages 639-645 en_US
dc.keywords Genital diseases en_US
dc.keywords Female/epidemiology en_US
dc.keywords Urogenital diseases/epidemiology en_US
dc.keywords Urinary tract infections/epidemiology en_US
dc.keywords Sexually transmitted diseases/epidemiology en_US
dc.keywords Infection/epidemiology en_US
dc.keywords Prevalence en_US
dc.keywords Risk factors en_US
dc.keywords Cultural characteristics Lebanon en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862003000900006 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Deeb, M. E., Awwad, J., Yeretzian, J. S., & Kaspar, H. G. (2003). Prevalence of reproductive tract infections, genital prolapse, and obesity in a rural community in Lebanon. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81(9), 639-645. en_US
dc.author.email mary.deeb@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0042-96862003000900006 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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