Abortion Emotional Effects
Consider Your Emotional Health Before Abortion
If you are considering an abortion, you may be wondering not only about the physical effects of abortion but also the emotional effects. It’s normal to feel emotional during and after an abortion; you are, after all, making a big life decision. It’s normal to feel sadness, grief, guilt, or even relief. These feelings can change from woman to woman. Counseling or support before you make a decision to have an abortion is very important. Talking with an options counselor before having an abortion can help you better understand your decision.
How will I feel after abortion?
Women report a range of emotions after an abortion. For some women, these emotions may appear immediately after an abortion or gradually over a longer period of time.
- Thoughts of Suicide
- Feelings of Grief
- Lowered Self-Esteem
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Avoidance of Emotional Attachment
- Substance Abuse
Remember, it is a woman’s right to be fully informed by her doctor prior to any procedure. A woman should be encouraged to ask questions. Our Center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options. We never financially benefit from your decision and can discuss your options with absolutely no pressure. All services are free and confidential.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. This center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.
Support After Abortion
We can help turn your hurt into healing.
We recognize that women may experience unresolved feelings following an abortion. These feelings may surface right away or may not appear until years later. Grief following an abortion is rarely discussed or acknowledged, which often makes it harder to verbalize unresolved feelings. Through our abortion recovery program, many women have been deeply changed for the better. Our group program provides a safe and confidential environment for women to speak openly about their past abortions with others who share similar experiences. The purpose of the groups is to offer a progressive pathway to healing and restoration.