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Type Journal Article - Journal of clinical nursing
Title Reproductive health in women with serious mental illnesses
Author(s)
Volume 23
Issue 9-10
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 1283-1291
URL http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Huesniye_Dinc/publication/261601726_Reproductive_health_in_women​_with_serious_mental_illnesses/links/53d96bb00cf2631430c6cc17.pdf
Abstract
Aims and objectives
To determine what problems female psychiatric patients have in terms of reproductive health.

Background
The reproductive health problems faced by female psychiatric patients are matters that have been neglected in the areas of both psychiatry and women's health. This study aims to make a contribution from Turkey to the literature in this neglected field.

Design
The study is descriptive and was conducted with 292 female patients treated in an acute inpatient psychiatric ward.

Methods
Data were collected through face-to-face interviews and a questionnaire based on the literature and prepared by the researchers which was designed to determine the kinds of reproductive health issues the patients were experiencing.

Results
It was found that compared with healthy women, the distinctive features of the participants in terms of sexuality were more negative; in particular, patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder were more likely to have been forced by their partners to have sex, they had suffered from rape or sexually transmitted diseases, the majority of those who had previous sexual experience had tried to use contraceptives but had been unable to continue using them, they were most likely to choose the method of withdrawal for contraception, their rates of pregnancy and abortion were high, they received less antenatal care, and they were more likely to have smoked during pregnancy.

Conclusions
It was found that female patients with psychiatric disorders had more negative attributes with regard to marriage, sexuality, family planning, maternal characteristics and pregnancy, compared with a corresponding healthy population.

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