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Faculty of Medicine
Bul. dr Zorana Đinđića br. 81
18000 Niš, Serbia
Gynecological healthcare service utilization in respect to habits and lifestyles of the female university students in Serbia
Vladica Veličković1, Aleksandar Višnjić1,2, Slađana Jović1, Miodrag Stojanović1,2, Olivera Radulović1,2 and Nataša Đinđić1
Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš, Niš, Serbia1
Institute of Public Health in Niš, Serbia2
The aim of the paper was to determine the frequency of gynecological examinations among the female university students in Serbia as well as a potential association with certain habits and lifestyles.
The research was conducted at the three Serbian state universities in the period January-June in the academic year 2008/09 and included 1.164 female university students using a method of random sampling.
In total, 18% of female university students said that they had never visited the gynecologist. The least concerned about their health when making the choice of food they eat and the least physically active were the females who had never visited the gynecologist. The females who had visited the gynecologist less than two times estimated themselves as healthier (p<0.05) as well as the girls who had the first gynecological examination before the age of 20. The girls who visited the gynecologist for the first time before they reached 20 years of age used condoms more consistently.
Planning and organization of a broad spectrum of activities arranged at the faculties should focus the students' attention on the gynecological healthcare and adequately solve them. Acta Medica Medianae 2011;50(4):17-22.
Key words: gynecological healthcare, female university students, habits, lifestyles