Abortion which is the termination of a pregnancy, has sparked off debates all over the world. While there are parts of society that are staunch in their belief that abortion spells ‘murder’, there are those sects of society that believe that a woman has the right to terminate a pregnancy if she is not comfortable with it.
While moral and ethical debates continue back and forth, it is important to understand the after effects of an abortion and the psychological trauma that a woman may be subjected to. Listed below are some of the common psychological after effects of an abortion.
Psychological After Effects Of Abortion
In a study conducted on women who were either forced to undergo an abortion or did so of their own accord, it was found that almost 10% developed suicidal tendencies.
Depression, loss of sleep, regret and remorse were all a part of the after effects of the abortion. Even women who willingly elected to have an abortion admitted to feeling that a part of them had died.
Post Abortion Syndrome
Post abortion syndrome (PAS) is common after an abortion, especially among women who are forced to undergo an abortion for fear of being ostracized by the social, religious or cultural communities that they live in.
The Feeling Of Guilt
Nature has designed woman to be the nurturer – the one who brings new life into this world. It is therefore no surprise that women who undergo abortions feel a deep sense of loss and guilt.
A large percentage of women who have undergone an abortion believe that they have taken away a life and may even go so far as to believe that they are ‘murderers’.
Sleep Disorders And Eating Disorders
Anxiety leads to sleep disturbances. Women may have difficulty falling asleep. In some cases women may go into a deep state of depression and may want to sleep most of the day and night.
This is a mechanism that allows them to delay facing the fact that they have had an abortion. Eating disorders are prevalent among almost 30% of women who have had an abortion.
Sexual disorders are reported in a whopping 50% of women who have undergone an abortion.
Sexual disorder symptoms include failure to attain orgasm, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), promiscuity and a deep sense of hatred of sex and even men.
Abortion After Effects Among Teenagers
Teenagers have much more to deal with when it comes to the after effects of an abortion. We live in a world where being a teenager is by itself a very difficult task. Peer pressure, living up to expectations, the constant stress of having to please both friends and parents makes life trying and difficult.
An abortion makes it all the more problematic. Depression, withdrawal, a feeling of anger and sadness are compounded with the urge to become pregnant once again, as soon as possible, to make up for the lost pregnancy.
Sometimes, these feelings are so empowering that a teenager may lead a promiscuous lifestyle in order to become pregnant or even make hasty decisions regarding marriage just as long as she can become pregnant.
After Effects Of Abortion In Later Years
It has been noted that several women who were happy with the abortion at that point in time had after effects much later in life. The after effects of remorse and guilt set in when these women attained menopause.
Some of them noticed the after effects after their youngest child became independent and left home. Some women noticed that they developed symptoms of depression on every anniversary of the abortion.