|Author & Date||Title of article||Country||Sample characteristics||Details|
|Harden & Ogden 1999 ||Young women's experiences of arranging and having abortions||U.K.||
n = 54|
NHS and private patients.
Recruitment from two hospitals and two voluntary sector clinics|
Interview duration: 10–60 mins
Timing: Interviews between 1–3 hours after their abortion
|Tornbom & Moller 1999 ||Repeat abortion: a qualitative study||Sweden||
n = 20|
Women who had had between 1–5 abortions in the past 5 years.
|Convenience sampling of women seeking abortion at a family planning unit. Duration: one and a half to two hours|
|McIntyre et al 2001 ||The Intersection of Relational and Cultural Narratives: Women's Abortion Experiences||Canada||
n = 14|
Wide range of social backgrounds. All Canadian-born, English-speaking and White.
|In-depth interviews with women who had had an abortion were recruited from posters in one clinic and letters in handouts from another clinic|
|Bennett 2001 ||Single women's experiences of premarital pregnancy and induced abortion in Lombok, Indonesia||Indonesia||
Single mostly Muslim women from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds
In-depth interviews (n = 35)|
Life story accounts (n = 15)
Interviews with abortion providers (n = 8)
8 focus groups followed by workshops (n = 58 participants)
|Remennick & Segal 2001 ||Socio-cultural context and women's experiences of abortion: Israeli women and Russian immigrants compared||Israel||
n = 23 Israeli women|
n = 25 Russian immigrants
Age: 20 or more. Immigrants: typically less fortunate and poorly integrated, Israeli women: a mix of middle-class and less advantaged.
Recruited at abortion clinics and through the Israeli FPA counselling services.|
Interviewed using semi-structured thematic guide
Timing: within 3 months of surgical TOP.
|Andrews & Boyle 2003 ||African American Adolescents' Experiences with Unplanned pregnancy and Elective Abortion||U.S.||
n = 12|
Recruited through a non-profit family planning and abortion clinic. Focused ethnographic study. Interview duration: 1 to 1 1/2 hours|
Timing: On day of TOP followed by 2nd and 3rd interviews 6–8 months later
27 interviews in total. Data analysis triangulated with field notes, informal interviews and participation observation.
|Fielding et al 2004 ||Social Context and the Experience of a Sample of U.S. Women Taking RU-486 (Mifepristone) for Early Abortion||U.S.||
n = 35|
Around 3/4 were white with some college education, and 85% were employed.
Recruited from a clinical trial site|
In-depth interviews, majority by telephone
Duration: 30 minutes
Timing: 1–6 weeks following their clinical follow-up visit
|Alex and Hammarström 2004 ||Women's experiences in connection with induced abortion – a feminist perspective||Sweden||
n = 5|
Not highly educated
Recruited from one health centre|
Duration: 50 – 140 mins |
Timing: about one month after TOP
|Kero et al 2004 ||Wellbeing and mental growth – long-term effects of legal abortion||Sweden||
n = 61|
Age: 28 (mean and median)
29 employed, 18 students
Follow-up study from a questionnaire survey in one hospital. Semi-structured telephone interviews|
Duration: 30–40 mins
Timing: 4 months (61 women) and 12 months (58 women) post TOP
|Kumar et al 2004 ||Decision making and referral prior to abortion: a qualitative study of women's experiences||U.K.||
n = 21|
Of varying ages and gestations, 14/21 from an ethnic minority community.
Recruited from three NHS TOP provider units (2 voluntary sector abortion providers).|
Timing: 3–9 weeks after TOP
|Lee et al 2004 ||A matter of choice? Explaining national variations in teenage abortion and motherhood||U.K.||
n = 103|
Age: 17 and under at the time of pregnancy, from selected sites in England, Wales and Scotland.
Phase 3 of large national study: intensive interviews with 52 young mothers and 51 young women who experienced TOP,|
Timing: up to 9 years after event.
|Hallden et al 2005 ||Meanings of Being Pregnant and Having Decided on Abortion: Young Swedish Women's Experiences||Sweden||
n = 10|
Recruited from three clinics in two cities.|
Timing: 4–20 days before TOP
|Trybulski 2005 ||Women and abortion: The past reaches into the present||U.S.||
n = 16|
Age: 38–92 European-American women with 12 or more years of education. All had had an abortion 15 years or more previously.
Convenience sampling through flyers in public places, an advertisement in a women's magazine, and through referrals.|
Interview duration: one and a half to two hours.
|Goodwin & Ogden 2007 ||Women's reflections upon their past abortions: An exploration of how and why emotional reactions change over time||U.K.||
n = 10|
Of mixed ethnicities Three had a medical abortion.
Recruitment through advertisements in a university.|
In-depth semi-structured interviews conducted in university premises.
Duration: 20–90 minutes
Experienced TOP 1–9 years previously.