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Table 4 Physical experiences and health-care seeking during self-managed medication abortion

From: Self-managed medication abortion outcomes: results from a prospective pilot study

  Total
n %
Side effects n = 181  
 Nausea 111 61.3
 Any fever, for any duration 110 60.1
 Diarrhea 90 49.7
 Vomiting 61 33.7
 Dizziness 7 3.9
Signs of potential allergic reaction n = 181  
 Itchiness 15 8.3
 Difficulty breathing 2 1.1
 Sweaty hands 1 0.6
 Face numbness 1 0.6
Warning signs of complications n = 181  
 Foul smelling discharge 9 5.0
 Bleeding 2 + hours 8 4.4
 Pain that does not go away 7 4.1
 Fever over 24 h 1 0.6
Pain management method n = 181  
 Pain medications 118 65.2
 Distraction 18 9.9
 Massage/hot water 10 5.5
Sought health care at a facility for any reason n = 181  
 Yes 60 33.1
 No 114 63.0
 Missing 7 3.9
Reason for seeking care n = 60  
 Confirm abortion 40 66.7
 Symptoms/side effects (pain, fainting, bleeding) 5 8.3
 Missing 15 25.0
Treatment received (select all) n = 60  
 Observation/confirmation of termination 50 83.3
 Medications/tablets 5 8.3
 Surgical intervention 3 5.0
 Antibiotics 2 3.3
Disclosed to provider about abortion? n = 60  
 Yes 18 30.0
 No 39 65.0
 Missing 3 5.0
  1. Data reported by participants at 1-week and 3-weeks following self-managed medication abortion with accompaniment support in Southeast Asia, South America and West Africa