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There is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome” or “post-abortion stress syndrome.”
Saying “Abortion Hurts Women” ignores the millions of people it doesn’t hurt. It decontextualizes and weaponizes the pain of those who are hurting.
I had my abortion in March this year and at the time it didn’t feel real, three months later and I just wanna kill myself…I hate myself for it
Admin: Please don’t be so hard on yourself
Please seek help. You don’t deserve to feel hatred toward yourself. You are a good person who made the best choice you could at the time.
You deserve to heal. You deserve to live.
Is it possible to suffer postpartum depression after an abortion..? This Saturday will be a month since I had one. I've already been diagnosed with depression but I'm everything lately seems worse and my mother mentioned postpartum to me but I was curious if that's true. And also am open to some suggestions on what to do to help. Thank you 😔
Postpartum specifically refers to “after child birth”. However, it is very possible to experience depression after having an abortion, and the symptoms and emotions can be very similar. Many women find themselves battling depression after abortion. Have you thought about going to talk to someone, perhaps the person who diagnosed you? You can also call Exhale to talk about how you’re feeling- (888) 474-8149. We’re here to listen and support you. When people are depressed its hard to be the same person they once were, and do they things they used to. What are some things you love to do? Maybe its running, spending time with friends, or maybe its something as simple as watching your favorite tv show on Tuesday nights. Whatever it is, if you could slowly work these activities back into your life I think you would be on a road toward healing. Some days just getting out of bed is a victory, make sure to be compassionate with yourself, and celebrate these small victories. Here are some self-care tips to try when you feel up to it http://provoicesupportblog.tumblr.com/post/59467518703/post-abortion-self-care
Honestly, I cried my eyes out every night for almost 2 months after my abortion, and I still get pretty sad over it sometimes but it’s much better now (5 months later). Whether it was for different or the same reasons, I give you this it of advice -
Don’t let it consume you. Yes, cry until your eyes feel like they’re on fire and it’s hard to breathe and your throat feels like it’s choking you, but then when it’s over you gotta go take a shower, eat a cookie, and go do something you love. Don’t be alone at this point and time. Nobody has to know why you suddenly want to hang out with people all the time, if they ask just tell them you’re going through some stuff and it’s easier when you’re out having fun with friends. Just don’t be alone. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself - keeping your hygiene up, enjoying good foods, doing whatever activities you take pleasure in, keeping friends and family close. This is going to be hard for a while, but in time it will get easier. I won’t say it’ll get better because sometimes it still comes back and I have a million questions about what would have happened, but it gets a whole lot easier. Talking to someone helps, so the exhale line would be great, Speaking of which, I know you don’t know me but if you EVER need someone to talk to who’s had this experience very recently, I’m absolutely here for you. Even if you just need someone to listen and do their best to understand what you’re going through, I’m here. It does get easier, I promise.
Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
I’ve fixed it now, but the post I made rebutting falsehoods about Planned Parenthood has a bad link. The American Psychiatric Association used to have a page on abortion and mental health, which has disappeared, and I accidentally linked to the American Psychological Association twice. Both of these organizations have refuted the existence of post-abortion stress syndrome, a disorder manufactured by the pro-life movement to bolster their claims that abortion is dangerous to mental health.
The American Psychiatric Association is in charge of writing the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the universal classification and diagnostic tool for psychiatrists. The updated version, DSM-V, was published in 2013. Until they get their page up again, just know that PASS is not and has never been included in the DSMs I through V. While emotions vary after abortion, and many do feel guilt, regret, anger, or sadness (all of which are valid and deserving of care and attention), without its inclusion in the DSM-V, PASS is not a legitimate diagnosis.
I really need to make a post about the higher rates of suicide and arrest among adopted and foster children (most of whom are girls, given that girls are more frequently in demand as “orphans”), wherein even outside the juvenile justice system and psychiatric wards, isolation, forcible restraint, and sensory deprivation are often mandated. [MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING for linked contents]
What these legislators do not understand is that pregnancy does not suddenly heal a person. If a person requires psychiatric drugs to function every day, that does not disappear with the onset of pregnancy. Pregnancy does not protect against a future bout of extreme depression, either. You would think that those who desperately want people to stay pregnant would do everything in their power to help those who struggle with mental and physical complications, including addiction.
And yet, what happens to a pregnant person who succumbs to debilitating depression and tries to inflict self-harm? In the case of Bei Bei Shuai, criminal charges. Possible imprisonment. Bei Bei Shuai ingested rat poison to end her own life…This woman was in living hell, and now she awaits trial for losing her baby ten days after her suicide attempt…If she is convicted, we all lose. Just as we all lose every time someone is punished for choosing how and when to deliver, or punished for continuing to battle addiction while pregnant (rather than being offered treatment), or punished for not wanting to be pregnant yet. If Bei Bei Shuai is convicted, it sends a message that those who are pregnant cannot have the same difficulties and pain that other people have. They must simply, magically heal, or bravely suffer through without choice. And that is true cruelty."
A survey of post-abortive women found that:28% attempted suicide31% experienced suicidal feelings60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse94% regretted the decision to abort“Survey of Reaction to Abortion,” The Post Abortion Review, Fall 1994, pp. 6-8.
Oh, would you look at that? Seems like only biased, non-peer-reviewed pro-life websites seem to cite this bullshit. Too bad I already linked you to actual statistics that prove this wrong.
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
Let’s see, what else:
I can see how full of shit the “study” would be without even looking at it. Next time you want to play the game, you may want to learn the rules and why these kinds of studies are, more often than not, completely invalid.
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