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 even 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 after effects 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.