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Table 4 Symptoms and acceptability of abortion experience

From: Surgical and medical second trimester abortion in South Africa: A cross-sectional study

  D&E
(n = 220)
Medical induction
(n = 84)
P value
Overall pain during entire abortion experience    0.001
Extreme pain 75 (34%) 23 (31%)  
High pain 50 (23%) 10 (14%)  
Moderate pain 40 (18%) 11 (15%)  
Slight pain 38 (17%) 11 (15%)  
No pain 15 (7%) 19 (26%)  
Symptoms reported    
Nausea 15 (7%) 2 (3%) 0.255
Vomiting 57 (26%) 23 (31%) 0.452
Dizziness 63 (29%) 25 (34%) 0.465
Diarrhea 83 (38%) 40 (54%) 0.020
Tiredness 107 (49%) 40 (54%) 0.575
Pain in lower abdomen 214 (98%) 74 (100%) 0.573
Breast tenderness 106 (49%) 25 (34%) 0.031
Headache 84 (39%) 27 (37%) 0.783
Cold 89 (41%) 29 (39%) 0.891
Sweating/hot/fever 13 (6%) 3 (4%) 0.769
Other symptoms 31 (14%) 2 (3%) 0.005
Overall emotional discomfort with abortion    0.017
Moderate, high or extreme discomfort 108 (50%) 25 (34%)  
None or slight discomfort 109 (50%) 49 (66%)  
Overall satisfaction with abortion    1.000
Very or somewhat satisfied 207 (95%) 71 (96%)  
Neutral or somewhat or very dissatisfied 11 (5%) 3 (4%)  
Would recommend the abortion method to a friend who needed one at same gestational age    0.995
Highly or somewhat agree 159 (73%) 54 (73.0%)  
Neutral or somewhat or highly disagree 59 (27%) 20 (27%)