What about emotional repercussions?

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What about emotional repercussions?
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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 2:29pm

I haven't really read many of the threads on this board because they're so long so this topic may have already been discussed in length but...


What about the psychological effects that abortion has on the mother? I've known both rape victims and people who have just terminated their pregnancy for other reasons...and have experienced the deep regret and sorrow that these women experience as a result of abortion. Another eyeopener was reading testimonies of women on an HG (hypermesis: extreme m/s) board who had abortions to relieve their symptoms. Many of these mothers were devestated by the loss of their child. Granted this is a group of women who have wanted pregnancies but in a way this kind of applies to women who terminate wanted pregnancies because of mostly the POSSIBILITY of a birth defect (testing is definitely not a 100% sure thing). I just always find it funny that PLers are often accused of not thinking about the woman...when really I think abortion has the potential to be worse than death for the mother.

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 11:08am
And, for the record, I believe that a woman SHOULD be able to get a tubal - upon request.

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 1:56am

~Short version: is it possible to experience PPD after an abortion?~


Yes, and after miscarriage also, depending on far along you were and how sensitive to hormones.

 

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 4:38pm

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 1:46pm
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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 12:31pm
Oh yah same here. I've been depressed before in my life as you said a whole different can of beans more more like well - really HUGE beans. After my son's birth mine hit within a few days but after the abortion it hit after a week or two and I kept telling my psychologist something is wrong but she chalked it up to well - she was not a very good psychologist lets just say that.








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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 10:19am

""Short version: is it possible to experience PPD after an abortion?""


Well, I got PPD after a miscarriage, so I could see getting it after an abortion.


I was depressed, of course, about miscarrying....but about 6 weeks later, the whole world caved in.

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 8:35am

>>From a medical perspective, I disagree. A D&C would increase any risk of serious STI complications, by opening the cervix and potentially allowing infectious material into the uterus. <<

I was thinking that all along but couldn't find anything to back it up other than "it makes sense to me" I am glad you pointed it out though









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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 12:29am

"Short version: is it possible to experience PPD after an abortion?"

I don't see why not. I imagine that abortion causes the same drop in hormone levels that live birth does, although maybe not as incredibly rapid. Since many experts attribute much of PPD to that radical drop in hormone levels, I can see where a woman having an abortion (after say, six weeks' gestation) could quite easily bring that on.




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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 9:21pm

"Pregnancy is not a fun thing"

I swear if they told you what really goes on and can go on during pregnancy women would not go though it.

Nobody told me I'd randomly pee when I laughed or sneezed and had to wear pads all the time, or and for me the kicker was GD. Sticking yourself with needles 5x a day sucks ass and poking your finger before and after every meal is just evil. I could go on and on about all the other crap, the whole not being able to drive, being on house arrest, going to the OB 3x a week blah blah blah. They make it out to be this beautiful experience when really not so much. Don't get me wrong I love my son but it was not a pretty shiney thing with roses and those little singing angles time for me.








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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 9:13pm

"Yes, some women do experience depression after an abortion. It is considered a form of PTSD. I should also point out that quite a few women experience PPD--post partum depression--which can be just as devastating. I gather the percentages may be quite similar. If one is prone to depression, hormonal imbalances or traumatic events can trigger it. Perhaps better screening is in order to help those women before they experience pregnancy rather than afterwards."

You bring something up I've always wanted to ask. When I was 24 I had an abortion and afterwards experienced extreme mood issues I was just well miserable and extremely depressed but it was chalked up to the fact that I was already on anti-depressants and that they gave me a form of birth control that was like depo but in shot form and only was monthly (they have since taken it off the market due to issues with anti-depressants) - anyway looking back I've always wondered if I experienced PPD.

I ask this because after I gave birth to my son last year I got PPD hardcore it was so beyond horrible and I'm still recovering but a lot of the emotions are very similar.

That being said to this day I look back on my choice and view it as one of the best decisions I could have made at the time. I am aware that there are women out there that are remorseful and my heart goes out to them but my experience was one that I do not in any way regret. People told me once I got pregnant I would look back and regret but honestly being pregnant only made me more pro-choice than ever. Nobody should be forced to go though pregnancy.

Short version: is it possible to experience PPD after an abortion?








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