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Table 2 Participant characteristics at time of abortion (n = 47 abortions)

From: Abortion experiences among Zanzibari women: a chain-referral sampling study

   N (%)
Age at termination (mean 24.6 years)
  < 20 years 11 (25)
20–29 years 24 (55)
30–39 years 8 (18)
>40 years 1 (2)
  Missing 3  
Relationship status at termination
  Single, never married 20 (43)
Married 20 (43)
Divorced/widowed 7 (14)
Primary reason(s) for termination a
  Had young child 16 (34)
Extramarital pregnancy 16 (34)
Was student in school 14 (30)
Shame: societal, parental 11 (23)
Financial concerns 10 (21)
  Relationship concerns 6 (13)
  Housing concerns 4 (9)
  Had many children 3 (6)
  Health concerns 3 (6)
  Didn’t want pregnancy at that time 2 (4)
Number of pregnancies at time of termination   
  1 17 (36)
2 9 (19)
3 7 (15)
4+ 14 (30)
Range (mean) 1–8 (2.6)
Using contraception at time of pregnancy  
  Not using contraception 29 (62)
  Calendar/rhythm method or withdrawal 11 (23)
  Condom 3 (6)
  Oral contraceptive pills 3 (6)
  Depo injection 1 (2)
  Hormonal implant or IUD 0  
  Tubal ligation/hysterectomy 0  
Gestational age at termination (months)
  < 1 2 (5)
  1 to < 2 15 (38)
  2 to < 3 15 (38)
  3 to < 4 6 (15)
  4+ 1 (3)
  Missing 8  
  1. aMultiple responses allowed; total > 100 %