Does PAS exist?

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Does PAS exist?
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Fri, 06-20-2003 - 4:47am
Do you think that Post Abortion Syndrome exists? Why or why not?
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In reply to: s_mcgaha
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 5:42am
i think that PAS does exist. i don't know to what extent, if its as bad as PLers make out or as non-existent as PCers make out. it makes sense that an abortion would have an emotional effect on the woman involved, after all she WAS pregnant and no matter what she tells herself, at some point it is highly likely that she would look back and wonder what the outcome would have been if she hadn't aborted, what their little bor/girl would be doing now. this wonder could lead to guilt or relief, it'd be different for everyone, but there would be SOME effect, it all depends on the woman and her reasons for doing it in her own head.
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In reply to: s_mcgaha
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 7:51am
I would think that for some people it does. Post ANYTHING - can exist for some people.

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Registered: 06-17-2003
In reply to: s_mcgaha
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 12:15pm
I'd say it exists, it has a large spectrum and every woman would react differently, I'd imagine. But there would be some change, be it small or large, no one could just walk out of the clinic and feel like nothing happened. I definitely agree that anyone can have post anything syndrome depending on the kind of person they are.
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Registered: 04-04-2003
In reply to: s_mcgaha
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 12:19pm
Never having had an abortion, I can only guess. I'm going to say it exsists. I would categorize it with Post traumatic stress disorder. It is traumatic and I'm sure there are many emotional and physical after effects.

Mel

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: s_mcgaha
Sat, 06-21-2003 - 11:28am
I've never had an abortion, but, I've had two misscarriages. I would think that there can be some depression, etc. associated with abortion if for no other reason (and of course, there could be other reasons but I'll stick with the one that would be easiest to explain logically) than hormones. I know when I misscarried I was a mess. Emotionally as I had lost a wanted, though surprise pregnancy, and physically (transfered to emotionally!) due to raging hormones. So yes, I think it can indeed happen. But, its no reason to ban abortion. Anymore than banning *pregnancy* for risk of misscarriage depression, or, post partum depression.

MM