Possible symptoms include indicators that are physical, emotional, spiritual, and/or relational.

Possible Physical Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fertility complications
  • Increased risk of miscarriage in subsequent pregnancies
  • Sleep, appetite, and sexual disturbances
  • Mutilation of female organs and/or genitalia
  • Untreated severe bleeding or infection

Possible Emotional Symptoms

  • Self-destructive abuses of drugs, alcohol, food
  • Cutting or self-mutilation
  • Promiscuity
  • Neglecting health
  • Unexplained depression, crying, or rage
  • Bringing on unwanted consequences (absenteeism or incompetence resulting in job loss)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Preoccupation with pregnancy or getting pregnant again
  • Nightmares
  • Trigger events produce an increase in symptoms. These events can include the following: Special days like Mother’s Day, Christmas, or a baptism; the sound of a vacuum cleaner or a baby crying; menopause or bleeding; the sight of pregnant women, fetal pictures, or a doctor’s office; the smell of cologne, food, or disinfectants associated with the abortion; a touch from a doctor; or intercourse.

Possible Spiritual Symptoms:

  • Feeling alienated from God
  • Withdrawal from Lord’s Supper, church, pastor, and church friends
  • Feeling like a hypocrite
  • Inability or reluctance to pray
  • Survival guilt: “It was me or you, and I chose me”
  • Inability to believe God’s forgiveness is real; despair of God’s mercy
  • Anger at God for not stopping the pregnancy or for not stopping the abortion
  • Belief that God will send punishment

Possible Relational Symptoms:

  • 80% of the intimate relationships leading to pregnancy end after an abortion.
  • Friendships and familial relationships become more stressed due to complicity in the abortion decision or due to the shame and secrecy of having the abortion.
  • Victims repeatedly enter and/or sustain destructive and abusive intimate relationships.
  • Victims have an inability to bond properly with current or future children.