If you’ve had an abortion, you already know it can be a traumatic experience. Maybe you felt like you had no other option. Whatever your circumstances, know this: it is not the end of your story. No, you can’t undo the past, but you are valuable, and your story is still being written.
The following list has been designed to help you identify symptoms in your life that may be related to a past abortion experience.
Some of these symptoms may pertain to you:
Feelings of loss
Recurring thoughts about abortion(s)
Preoccupation with anniversaries, i.e., date of the abortion(s) or the due date(s)
Inability to sustain an intimate relationship
Obsession with children or childbearing issues
Avoidance of small children and babies
Increased alcohol use
Multiple sexual relationships
Disinterest in sex
Engaging in any of the following to excess: school, work, exercise, eating, or dieting
Feelings of numbness
Lack of self-esteem
A desire for secrecy about the abortion
If this list describes you, take heart. There is hope for you-you don’t have to stay where you are!
If you are experiencing these or similar symptoms and would like to talk with a trained, non-judgmental counselor in a confidential environment, please call Pathways of Pella at 641-628-4827 or 1-800-395-HELP or come in during our office hours (listed below).