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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Jan;120(1):23-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.07.027. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

Reproductive health awareness among educated young women in Egypt.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, El Minya University, Minya, Egypt.



To assess the awareness of female Egyptian university students regarding reproductive health (RH) issues, and determine the factors contributing to the students' awareness.


A cross-sectional survey was conducted, in which 220 female Egyptian university students selected by purposive random sampling were interviewed by means of an in-depth questionnaire. The interviews were private and confidential, and the questions concerned female reproductive anatomy and physiology; sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS; personal preferences, such as age of marriage and spacing between pregnancies; and where young women can access RH care.


A large proportion of the participants exhibited misunderstanding or a complete lack of knowledge about important RH issues. This overall result, which was determined to be attributable to age and sociocultural factors such as education level, comes as a source of concern for both health service providers and policy makers.


Awareness of RH is poor in Egypt, even among young women attending institutions of higher education. The present study not only highlights the persistent need for the ongoing RH information programs, but may also provide policy makers with data that will inform new strategies.

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