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Helping you get through an abortion decision.

We're here for you!

Immediately after an abortion, many women report a sense of relief. They are often surprised to find that abortion can be a traumatic experience, and that in some cases "post abortion stress" symptoms don't appear until many years later.

According to Dr. Julius Fogel, Ob/Gyn, psychiatrist and abortion provider, "There is no question about the emotional grief and mourning following an abortion. It shows up in various forms... many come in -- some are just mute, some hostile. Some burst out crying..."

We recognize that not every woman who has an abortion will experience symptoms of post abortion stress. However, for those that do, CareNet Pregnancy Medical Center is here to help.

Post Abortion Stress Checklist

The following checklist has been designed to help you identify symptoms in your life that may be related to a past abortion experience. Select the symptoms that may pertain to you:


feelings of loss



recurring thoughts about the abortion(s)

crying episodes


inability to sustain an intimate relationship

preoccupation about anniversaries, i.e. date of the abortion(s) or due date(s)

obsession with children or childbearing issues

avoidance of small children and/or babies

increased alcohol use

drug abuse

repeat abortions

multiple sexual relationships

engaging in any of the following to excess: school, work, exercise, eating, dieting

difficulty sleeping

feelings of numbness

lack of self-esteem

suicidal impulses

desire for secrecy about the abortion

disinterest in sex


If you have selected symptoms from this list and would like to talk with a trained, non-judgmental peer counselor in a confidential environment, please call (615) 446-0701.

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