Post Abortion Support
Some women experience strong negative emotions after an abortion. Everyone’s experience is different. Some negative reactions may be immediate, and some occur many years after the abortion. Post abortion grief can be related to a woman’s age, length of pregnancy, previous mental health, religious or cultural beliefs, or whether she was pressured into an abortion.
Post Abortion Stress is described as the inability to:
Process the painful thoughts and emotions about a crisis pregnancy and subsequent abortion – guilt, anger and sorrow.
Identify the loss that has occurred.
Come to peace with self and others.
Symptoms of Post Abortion Stress may include:
Feeling compelled to conceal an abortion
Experiencing prolonged depression
Experiencing disturbing thoughts about babies and abortion
Having lingering guilt and shame
Believing you are unworthy
Avoiding relationships or struggling with intimacy
Reacting physically and emotionally when abortion is mentioned
Anxiety over fertility or childbearing issues
Alcohol and drug abuse
Engaging in self-destructive behaviour
Having thoughts of suicide
If you or someone you know may be experiencing post abortion stress, contact us . All services are free and confidential.