Dealing with Pain after Abortion
Reminders of a past abortion pain often arrive unexpectedly, activating a deep and forgotten hurt. The emotional pain often different for each person, but the hurt is real. Pregnancy Resource Center is available to all women who experience after abortion pain. Our consultants are available to listen, cry, and offer assistance to move forward if you are having difficulty moving forward after your abortion. Many of us have experienced similar pain and know how difficult it is. We’re here to help. No judgement, no condemnation, just a friend who has been where you are can walk you through.
My first after abortion trigger came 7 months after my abortion – on my child’s due date. I never connected the horrendous evening I spent locked in a dorm room crying as the night I should have been giving birth to my child. I thought I was losing my mind as there was no obvious reason for such an intense emotional reaction.
The next morning my eyes were swollen shut from crying. I went to the campus health center in a deeply demoralized state and discovered I had pink eye. But my inner pain was not related to that infection. For many months I felt like I was on the verge of insanity. Eleven years later I read about how abortion can cause long-term trauma for some women. I was relieved to discover the reason for the angst a felt every year around the third week in March when my child should have been celebrating a birthday. I came to think of that time as post traumatic stress from my abortion. Embracing an abortion recovery program brought peace back into my soul.
Once I realized this date was a trigger to my pain, I was able to tame that trigger and plan ways to cope. Here are six options to offset obvious triggers of abortion-related stress:
This post is adapted from content that originally appeared on Sydna Masse’s Blog