Abortion is legal in Colombia under a variety of circumstances, yet women still access misoprostol without a prescription through informal drug sellers. Using data gathered from two urban centers via mystery clients (N=547) and interviews with drug sellers (N=259), we examine a) the interaction with a drug seller when a young, unmarried s tries to buy misoprostol and b) drug sellers’ knowledge of misoprostol (screening, information which should be imparted with a sale, dosage and routes of administration, and complications). 15% of the mystery clients were offered something to buy to bring about the termination; 84% of the drugs offered contained misoprostol. Providers said that misoprostol could be used up to a mean maximum gestational age of 6.5 weeks; 28% didn’t know how to calculate gestational age. In sum, locating an informal seller of misoprostol may be difficult in Colombia and information that women get from these providers is incomplete.
Presented in Session 68. Capturing Hard-to-Measure Outcomes in Sexual and Reproductive Health