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Table 1 Demographic characteristics & care-seeking experiences of sample

From: ‘How shall we survive’: a qualitative study of women’s experiences following denial of menstrual regulation (MR) services in Bangladesh

Means Mean (SD)
 Age, years 27 (7)
 Age at Marriage, years 16 (3)
 Number of Children 1.6 (1.2)
  Daughters 1 (1.1)
  Sons 0.7 (0.7)
Frequencies N (%)
 Education  
  Missing 1 (5)
  None 2 (10)
  Primary 3 (15)
  Secondary 11 (55)
  College 3 (15)
 Spouse’s Education  
  Missing 1 (5)
  None 4 (20)
  Primary 9 (45)
  Secondary 4 (20)
  College 2 (10)
 Average Monthly Income, taka  
  5,000 or less 6 (30)
  Between 5,000 and 10,000 6 (30)
  10,000 or more 8 (40)
 Main Occupation of Respondent  
  Housewife 18 (90)
  Student 2 (10)
 Place of Living  
  City/Town 5 (25)
  Village 15 (75)
 Cohabitation with Man involved in the Pregnancy 17 (85)
 Contraceptive Use  
  None 11 (55)
  Condoms 5 (25)
  Oral Contraceptive Pills 2 (10)
  Injectables 1 (5)
 Pregnancy Unintended 18 (90)
 Reasons for MRa  
  Care for other children 7 (35)
  Limited resources 6 (30)
  Sex of child 2 (10)
  Maternal Age - too young 1 (5)
  Maternal Age - too old 4 (20)
  Fear fetal malformation 1 (5)
  Marital Issues 2 (10)
 Reasons for Denial of MR  
  Gestational age beyond limit 20 (100)
  Maternal health concerns 9 (45)
 Sought abortion elsewhere 12 (60)
  Illegal abortion successful 8 (67)b
  Complications of illegal abortion 2 (25)c
  1. aMore than one reason per respondent is recorded, hence, frequencies and percents sum to more than the total
  2. bThis percent reflects percentage among women who sought an illegal abortion
  3. cThis percent reflects the percentage among women who succeeded in getting an illegal abortion