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The Trauma of Abortion

Post Abortion Trauma

     Post-Abortion Trauma is an adverse emotional reaction to abortion. It is often a delayed reaction and can surface at any time in a person's life...and when it does, it can be confusing, painful and overwhelming. 

If you have had an abortion and are hurting, your feelings are normal, you are not alone.  

Darcy, who had an abortion, describes it as:

     You assume you will get over an abortion in a few days, weeks or months...but that's not how it works. I know from experience that you don't "just get over it".  The guilt, regret, depression and bitterness are elusive and move into all areas of your life.

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Symptoms of Post Abortion Trauma

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Symptoms of Post Abortion Trauma

Can you relate to any of the following?


Emotional...

  • Guilt/Shame
  • Depression/Despair
  • Anger/Rage
  • Increased Promiscuity
  • Intense desire to become pregnant again
  • Self-hatred
  • Suicidal urges
  • Drug/Alcohol abuse
  • Nightmare
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulty bonding to your children

Physical...

  • Menstrual problems
  • Pelvic infections
  • Premature births
  • Breast cancer
  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility/Sterility
  • Tubal pregnancies


If you can relate to any of these symptoms most likely you are suffering from what is referred to as Post-Abortion Trauma.