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Pregnancy loss due to abortion may impact your mental, physical, and spiritual health – whether it has been two weeks or twenty years since your abortion. Hope and healing are possible. We are here with non-judgmental and compassionate help.
What is Post Abortion Syndrome?
Many negative emotional reactions have been associated with abortion. Some women experience “impacted grieving,” which includes an inability to complete the grieving process. Other women experience specific self-destructive tendencies, including eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, or substance abuse.
A widely used term for these emotional problems is “post-abortion syndrome,” or PAS. Post-abortion syndrome has been proposed as a specific diagnosis for those women who experience a specific, related set of emotional problems. PAS is presented as a subset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when PTSD is the result of an abortion—many women and men who have emotional difficulties after an abortion fit within the diagnosis of PTSD.
What are the Symptoms?
Women and men suffering from PAS may exhibit many of the classic signs of PTSD:
- Bouts of crying
- Inability to forgive yourself
- Intense grief/sadness
- Emotional numbness
- Sexual problems or promiscuity
- Eating disorders
- Lowered self-esteem
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Nightmares and sleep disturbances
- Suicidal urges
- Difficulty with relationships
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Multiple abortions
- Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
- Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
- Fear/ambivalence of pregnancy
Post-Abortive Stress Quiz
This quick quiz can help you see if your abortion experience is impacting your present-day life. Below is an excerpted survey from Surrendering the Secret by Pat Layton.
If you answered “true” to any of the below true/false questions, you might find it helpful to talk to our LILA counselor.
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PCPlus LILA Program for Women and Men
Our counselor is here to support you with compassion, love, and understanding. Please call us and or schedule an appointment with our caring specialist for free, confidential support that offers encouragement and hope to women and men struggling with a past abortion.
Eve Center is a community of women devoted to promoting hope, healing, and growth for women through biblical, no-cost, safe, and confidential peer counseling and training. Contact (513)985-9959 / [email protected]
Project Rachel is a ministry of the Catholic Church that offers help and healing to those who have been involved in abortion and provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats, and referrals to licensed mental health professionals. It is open to all people, all faiths or no faith. Contact (513) 784-0531/ [email protected]