The specific effects of a failed abortion vary significantly from person to person. Survivors may experience a range of outcomes, from developmental struggles, damage to organs or other vitals, missing limbs, or scarring. However, some survivors experience none of these.
Psychologically, the aftermath of a failed abortion can be equally complex. Survivors may struggle with feelings of abandonment and loneliness, wonder why they were unwanted, experience mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, or grapple with unhealthy coping behaviors or boundaries.
In some cases, the effects of intrauterine trauma can be felt for a lifetime, impacting a survivor’s sense of self and relationships with others. It is important to remember that each person’s experience is unique, but these struggles can be made lighter. The Abortion Survivors Network exists to support anyone struggling with the effects of a failed abortion.