Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1001–1006 | Cite as

Exploring Knowledge, Belief and Experiences in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Immigrant Hispanic Women

  • Ana M. QuelopanaEmail author
  • Cristina Alcalde
Original Paper


This study examined the transformation of immigrant women’s knowledge, belief and experience with regard to sexual and reproductive health after living in the US. Four focus groups (N = 24) were held with Hispanic women ≥18 years old. We identified two main themes (Fertility/Knowledge and Gender power) with five subthemes (Sex education, Contraception and unintended pregnancy, Men versus women, Intimate partner violence, and Immigrating to the US). Most of these women were raised in a very restricted family context where talking about sex was viewed as sinful. In spite of their own experiences of sexual silence and the consequences to their lives, women valued the positive changes achieved by immigrating to the US; they felt empowered to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health.


Acculturation Hispanic women Immigration Reproductive health Sexuality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of NursingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Health ScienceUniversidad de TarapacaAricaChile
  3. 3.Gender and Women’s Studies DepartmentUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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