Table 2

Reasons why women chose telemedicine through Women on Web between 1 January and 31 December 2020 according to age group and COVID-19 relevancy

Reasons*†‡§N (frequencies in %)
Age groups (years)COVID-19 relevancyTotals
18–25
(n=261, reasons missing n=16)
26–35
(n=344, reasons missing n=14)
36+
(n=164, reasons missing n=10)
COVID-19-related
consultations
(n=236)
COVID-19-unrelated
consultations
(n=573)
(n=769, reasons missing n=40)
Need to keep abortion a secret from partner or family152 (58.2)138 (38.5)66 (37.9)74 (31.3)282 (49.2)356 (46.2)
I would rather keep my abortion private117 (44.8)115 (32.1)63 (36.2)76 (32.2)219 (38.2)295 (38.3)
I would be more comfortable at home104 (39.8)103 (28.7)62 (35.6)82 (34.7)187 (32.6)269 (34.9)
Coronavirus93 (35.6)96 (26.8)47 (37)236 (100)0 (0)236 (30.6)
I would rather take care of my own abortion90 (34.4)94 (26.2)36 (20.6)0 (0)220 (38.3)220 (28.6)
It is hard to access abortion due to work or school commitments77 (29.5)69 (20)35 (21.3)39 (16.52)142 (24.7)181 (23.5)
It is hard to access abortion because of the cost82 (31.4)52 (14.5)22 (12.6)39 (25.0)117 (20.4)156 (20.2)
It is hard to access abortion because of childcare30 (11.4)75 (21.8)42 (25.6)38 (16.10)109 (19.0)147 (19.1)
I would rather have my partner or friend with me during the process66 (25.2)33 (9.2)15 (8.6)31 (13.1)83 (14.4)114 (14.8)
It is hard to access abortion because of legal restrictions29 (11.1)42 (11.7)14 (8)28 (11.8)57 (9.9)85 (11)
Stigma42 (16)30 (8.3)13 (7.4)26 (11.0)59 (10.2)85 (11)
It is hard to access abortion because of distance33 (12.6)18 (5.2)18 (10.9)26 (11.0)43 (7.5)69 (8.9)
Other reason16 (6.1)13 (3.7)12 (7.3)14 (5.9)27 (4.7)41 (5.3)
Abusive partner14 (5.3)14 (4)7 (4.2)9 (3.8)26 (4.5)35 (4.5)
I find it empowering13 (4.9)13 (3.6)4 (2.2)9 (3.8)21 (3.6)30 (3.9)
Undocumented immigrant9 (3.4)11 (3.1)6 (3.6)4 (1.6)22 (3.8)26 (3.3)
  • *The exact question reads “What are the main reasons why you are requesting an abortion through Women on Web?”.

  • †All the questions had prespecified options that women could select.

  • ‡The question was optional, which explains the missing data.

  • §Multiple responses were allowed; consequently the total responses exceed 100%.