I had a ton of bleeding. It was really scary. Several weeks after my abortion I started having terrible stomach cramping and nausea. The doctor I saw prescribed an antidepressant for me. I knew I was sad, I just didn't realize it had something or anything to do with my abortion. And that was just the beginning. I suffered with shame, guilt, a loss of self-worth and a spiritual disconnect for years to come.
Common short-term complications include fever, bleeding, infection, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. More serious but less common complications include excessive bleeding, allergic reaction to drugs, organ damage, perforated uterus, endometritis, greater risk of future miscarriages, sterility, and even death.
Emotional side-effects include, but are not limited to: sadness, grief, regret, shame, intense anger, loss of self-worth, depression, hatred of self and those involved, nightmares, eating disorders, increased alcohol and/or drug use, suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, difficulties in future relationships, lack of an ability to bond with future children. Click here for more Post Abortion Depression Statistics.
Ten percent of mental health problems among women, including 35% of suicidal behaviors, are attributed to abortion according to a September 2011 study published by the British Journal of Psychiatry - click here to read this study. According to another US study, the rate of attempted suicide increased 10-fold for teenagers who had abortions in the previous 6 months.
Very closely connected to the mental and emotional side effects, women often find it difficult to keep close relationships after an abortion. Feelings of guilt and worthlessness can lead to isolation and the inability to make lasting relationships, not just with the father of the baby, but also with others not related to the abortion.
Studies indicate that the majority of individuals view abortion as morally wrong. With or without this belief, those involved in an abortion may find themselves disconnecting from God or the church because of the guilt and shame experienced by their actions. The devastation of abortion often disallows the post-abortive to seek forgiveness, which in turn creates a continued spiritual disconnect.