Every woman who’s had an abortion will react differently to the procedure. Some may feel relieved or at peace, while others could struggle emotionally. 

There isn’t one right or wrong way to feel. Your emotions are valid. But before choosing abortion, it’s important to understand the potential mental health implications. 

How Could I Feel?

The National Library of Medicine reports that some women experience negative mental health effects after an abortion procedure. These effects can be mild or even debilitating. They include:

  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of loss

Sometimes, women experience these feelings shortly after the abortion. Or it may take months or even years for the emotions to surface. When that time comes, it can be a stressful experience. 

If you have an abortion and feel this way, you may feel unwilling to seek help. Many women feel ashamed or embarrassed to find support. But you serve to find a path toward healing. And you wouldn’t be the first woman to experience this situation. 

Receiving Help

Multiple options are available to women struggling emotionally with their abortion decision. Licensed professionals trained in post-abortion recovery, like counselors or therapists, exist to help you sift through those challenging emotions and begin to heal.

You may find joining a support group beneficial. These groups are online or in-person, and they can offer you the community and encouragement you need. 

Make time for yourself. Self-care is crucial when you’re coping with the aftereffects of abortion. And speaking with a loved one can also help.

We’re Here For You

If you’ve had an abortion, Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic can connect you to post-abortion recovery services in your area. And if you’re still weighing pregnancy options, we provide no-cost, confidential options counseling

Our medical facility offers a safe, compassionate environment for you to receive answers. And our staff is here for you. You don’t have to feel alone. 

Contact us to book an appointment. Your story matters to us.

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