After Abortion

Following an abortion a woman may experience initial relief that the perceived crisis is over . For many women, however, the crisis is not over it has just begun. Months and even years later, significant problems can develop. Many women and men find it very difficult to cope as they experience unexpected emotions and feelings.


Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS)

is the name that has been given to the psychological aftereffects of abortion, based on PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-Abortion syndrome is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret can be very traumatic. As with any trauma, individuals often try to "forget" the ordeal and deny or ignore any pain that may result. Many simply don't relate their distress to the abortion experience. At some point, however, memories resurface and the loss can no longer be denied. During these moments, the pain of post-abortion syndrome reveals itself.

The symptoms of post abortion syndrome will not necessarily appear at the same time, nor is it likely that any woman will experience the entire list.
Some may occur immediately after an abortion and others much later.Any event that causes trauma can indeed result in PTSD, and abortion is no exception.


Those who have experienced an abortion may also develop the following symptoms:


  • FlowerIntense symptoms around the time of the abortion anniversary or due date

  • FlowerGuilt

  • FlowerAnxiety

  • FlowerDepression

  • FlowerDifficulty Bonding with Partner or Children

  • FlowerEating Disorder

  • FlowerBouts of crying

  • FlowerFeels like I "left that person behind"

  • FlowerInability to forgive yourself

  • FlowerIntense grief / sadness

  • FlowerAnger / rage

  • FlowerEmotional numbness

  • FlowerSexual problems or promiscuity

  • FlowerEating disorders

  • FlowerLowered self esteem

  • FlowerDrug abuse

  • FlowerAlcohol abuse

  • FlowerNightmares and sleep disturbances

  • FlowerSuicidal urges

  • FlowerDifficulty with relationships

  • FlowerAnxiety and panic attacks

  • FlowerFlashbacks

  • FlowerMultiple abortions

  • FlowerPattern of repeat crisis pregnancy

  • FlowerDiscomfort around babies or pregnant women

  • FlowerFear / ambivalence of pregnancy


If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, our center offers confidential, compassionate support designed to help women and men work through these feelings. You are not alone.

If you wish to begin the healing process from a past abortion or abortions, we offer one-on-one support, counselling and a monthly post abortion support group. Deciding to seek help may be one of the toughest decisions you have to make, but it may be one of the best. To talk to someone about issues from a past abortion, please contact us.

All contact made with us is strictly confidential.


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FlowerGianna Care | 46a Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1
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