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Table 4 Characteristics of informal sector abortion experiences and providers

From: Women’s experiences seeking informal sector abortion services in Cape Town, South Africa: a descriptive study

  Mean SD, range
Self-reported gestational age at time of abortion-seeking (n = 37) 8.76 3.79, 2–18
Cost of informal sector abortion (in Rand) (n = 41) 163 146.8, 0–450
  n %
Self-reported gestational age at time of abortion-seeking   
  < =6 weeks 10 24
 7–11 weeks 18 43
 12 or more weeks 9 21
 Missing 5 12
Method of estimating weeks pregnant   
 Remembered last menstrual period 21 50
 Urine pregnancy test 7 17
 Ultrasound 4 10
 Other 5 12
 Missing 5 12
Cost of informal sector abortion   
  < 50 Rand 12 29
 Between 50 and 100 Rand 8 19
 100–250 Rand 7 17
 300 or more Rand 14 33
 Missing 1 2
Why did you decide not to go to a doctor or facility?*   
 Worried someone would find out 19 44
 Worried about mistreatment/judgement 13 30
 Wanted an abortion ASAP 5 12
 Cost 2 5
 Didn’t know where to go 1 2
 Other 4 9
Told about possible side effects (n = 41)   
 By informal sector provider 14 33
 By Friend, family, community member 8 19
 By Traditional healer 2 5
 Missing 18 43
Experienced potential warning signs of complications (sought care for potential warning signs of complications)*   
 Heavy bleeding 39 (11) 93 (26)
 Cramping/abdominal pain 37 (3) 88 (7)
 Dizziness 24 (2) 57 (5)
 Nausea 21 (2) 50 (5)
 Weakness/Fatigue 9 (0) 21 (0)
 Vomiting 6 (0) 14 (0)
 Fever 4 (0) 10 (0)
 None 2 5
Received medical care for complications 12 28.6
 Pain medication 10 24
 Antibiotics 1 2
 Hospitalization 2 5
 Surgery 1 2
Sought additional treatment to end pregnancy   
 Went to another informal provider 1 20
 Went to public facility 3 60
 Went to traditional healer 1 20
Would recommend informal sector abortion to others (n = 41)   
 No 23 55
 Yes 16 38
 Not sure 2 5
 Missing 1 2
Would have an informal sector abortion again (n = 40)   
 No 27 64
 Yes 7 17
 Not sure 6 14
 Missing 2 5