Abortion changes your life. If you are one of the millions of women who have had an abortion, you know that to be true. You may feel profoundly affected as soon as you have the abortion procedure, or it may take months, years, and for some even decades to come to terms with the full emotional impact of an abortion. The smallest things can trigger an emotional reaction, from a baby's heartbeat on a sonogram, seeing a child that would be about the same age as yours, or even the anniversary date of your abortion. When these feelings surface, many women experience pain related to their abortion choice, and it is often referred to as post abortion trauma.
“Going through your post abortion counseling I know I am forgiven and can move on in my life.”
What is post abortion trauma?
A woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy experiences a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety. Often she will seek the fastest solution to her troubles an abortion, even though it may not coincide with her moral beliefs. Once the procedure is over, she may feel relieved that the situation is behind her. However, any moral or spiritual struggles she felt prior to the abortion may continue to resurface, and eventually most women will start to question the decision they made. This internal conflict consumes emotional energy as the woman tries to ignore these powerful feelings. Some key symptoms of post abortion trauma include:
- Abortion Flashbacks
- Eating Disorders
- Bonding Issues with Children
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse
- Self-Punishing/Degrading Behaviors
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Anniversary Grief
- Relationship Problems
- Psychological Reactions
What woman feel and when is very personal, and it can be overwhelming when they do feel it. For most women, they keep it a secret, those feelings of grief, sadness, shame, emptiness, embarrassment and even fear. If you experience any of these symptoms you don't need to go through this alone.
We are here to help you at Carolyn's Place. Post abortion trauma is very real and can be devastating to experience alone. It is very important to seek help and share your feelings with someone who is understanding and supportive. There is hope and healing for all of us. You can find healing from your past. Contact us.