Physical, psychological, and emotional side effects are very normal following an abortion. These side effects can range from mild to severe. Consider any preexisting conditions, thoughts, and beliefs when making a decision about your pregnancy. These can have an impact on the side effects that you could suffer from following an abortion.
Our counselors can discuss with you the side effects and symptoms that may impact you after abortion. Knowing the possible outcomes will help you to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
Again, only and ultrasound will confirm if your pregnancy is developing normally, or if it is one that is likely to end in miscarriage. Call 517-484-1882 or text 517-618-1753 now to get a FREE ultrasound.
Side effects vary depending on how far along you are in the pregnancy. Possible side effects for both medical and surgical abortions include: cramping, bleeding, nausea, diarrhea, and pain. Although rare, other risks may include: hemorrhage (life-threatening, heavy bleeding), infection, damage to organs (tearing or puncture by abortion instruments during surgical abortion), pre-term birth in later pregnancies, and life-threatening anesthesia complications (surgical abortion).
Some women experience a range of long-term adverse psychological and emotional effects. If you are a person of faith (Muslim, Christian, Hindu, etc…) you may also be more at risk for guilt and/or depression-like symptoms if your decision to abort conflicts with your spiritual beliefs.
While some physical side effects are expected, medical care should be sought immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:
- Severe pain in your abdomen or back
- Heavy bleeding
- Vaginal discharge with foul odor
- Symptoms of infection including fever
Psychological and Emotional Risks
Everyone experiences abortion differently. We often hear from women who have had an abortion that they wish someone would have told them how they would feel afterwards, not just physically but also emotionally. Some women will initially feel relief after an abortion. Many will be affected by a psychological condition known as Post Abortion Syndrome at some point following an abortion. A woman may feel some of these symptoms immediately following her abortion or soon after. Another woman may not feel any of these symptoms until months or possibly years later. Whether your abortion was last week, last month, or last year, know that there is help for anyone experiencing any of these symptoms.
Call us at 517-484-1882 or text at 517-618-1753 if you want to get more information about abortion or finding help after an abortion.
PAS or Post-Abortion Syndrome
Post-Abortion Syndrome (or PAS) is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms may occur immediately following the abortion, but they may also develop years later or come to the surface around the anniversary of the abortion, the expected due date of the baby, or major holidays and celebrations.
Abortion can be a traumatic experience for both women and men and even though the symptoms are varied, and may not surface for years after the abortion, they are nonetheless real and need to be dealt with.
A few Post Abortion Syndrome symptoms are:
- Depression and/or Anxiety
- Relationship problems
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of self-esteem
- Self-punishing or self-degrading behaviors
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again
Ask us if you would like a full list of symptoms.
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