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Table 4 Characteristics of the termination of pregnancy among women who underwent certainly induced abortion (N = 122) 1

From: Decision making on unsafe abortions in Sri Lanka: a case-control study

Characteristic No. %
Sought help on ways to terminate the pregnancy   
Did not seek help 49 40.2%
Sought help
• Husband/Partner 37 30.3%
• Family/Relative 10 8.2%
• Friend/ Neighbour 27 22.1%
• Medical person 1 0.8%
• Three wheel Taxi drivers 3 2.5%
Person who did the abortion   
Qualified doctor 25 20.5%
Traditional healer 3 2.5%
Pharmacist 2 1.6%
On her own without any help 13 10.7%
Other (Friend/Husband/Family member) 3 2.5%
Self proclaimed abortionists 44 36.1%
Ignorant of his status/No response2 32 26.2%
Delay since termination to reach the hospital   
Within a day 13 10.7%
2-4 days 26 21.3%
5-7 days 18 14.8%
More than one week 24 19.7%
Not sure/No response2 41 33.6%
Method used for termination of pregnancy   
Trans-vaginal insertion 47 38.5%
Injections 7 5.7%
Indigenous medicine and tonic 16 13.1%
Abdominal or trans-vaginal application of pressure 7 5.7%
Vacuum aspiration 9 7.4%
Dilatation and curettage 1 0.8%
Medicine (E.g. Misoprostol) 5 4.1%
Ignorant of the procedure/No response2,3 30 24.6%
Place of abortion   
Private hospital 8 6.6%
GP Practice 14 11.5%
Own home/Friend’s house 7 5.7%
Unknown place (E.g. Abortionist’s house, boutique) 56 45.9%
Ignorant of the place/No response2 37 30.3%
Persons who accompanied the woman for the abortion   
Husband/Partner 41 33.6%
Friend 10 8.2%
Sibling/relation 12 9.8%
None 21 17.2%
No response2,4 38 31.1%
Total 122 100.0%
  1. 1Women who admitted to have undergone an unsafe abortion were only included in the analysis.
  2. 2Includes women who were reluctant to reveal the information.
  3. 3Also includes respondents who were not sure of the method used.
  4. 4Also includes 13 women who attempted termination by themselves.