Having an abortion can be a very traumatic event for both women and men. For those who experience the physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties that may be associated with abortion, there is help.
First of all, know that you are not alone. Many women and men have been greatly impacted by their decision to abort their baby. It doesn’t matter what the reason for the abortion (i.e. medical problems, financial difficulty, relationship issues or just the fear of being a parent), the physical, emotional and psychological effects of abortion can be difficult.
The physical effects, both long and short term, may vary depending on the type of procedure. They may include: cramping, pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, damage to the uterus, heavy bleeding and on more rare occasions, death. Physical complications affect on the woman.
However, emotional and psychological affects, both short and long term, impact both women and men. Emotional effects often appear as depression, anger, anxiety, grief, regret, recurrent and intrusive thoughts about the abortion and suicidal thought.
While these affects are normal, they appear at different levels with each person. To know if you are experiencing extreme stress, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you find yourself struggling to turn off the feelings connected to your abortion(s), perhaps telling yourself over and over again to “forget about it?”
- Are you affected by physical reminders of your abortion(s) when you see babies, pregnant women, baby clothes, etc?
- Are there certain times of the year when you find yourself depressed, sick or emotional (such as the anniversary date of the abortion(s) or the month of the expected birth)?
- Have you had any suicidal thoughts since your abortion(s)?
- Do you have an overwhelming fear that ‘God will punish you’ for your choice to abort?
At the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin, our goal is to help you find hope and healing from the pain of your abortion and accept the gift of forgiveness that God offers each and every one of us. If you are ready to embark on a journey toward forgiveness and ready to be set free of any guilt and shame, be sure to call the center and ask for Paula.
The Pregnancy Help Center can refer you to a counseling center or professional if you need more help than what we are able to provide. You are not alone . . . .we are here to help!