Having an abortion is a major medical decision that no woman should take lightly. Women may feel a variety of emotions after having an abortion. Some women may feel relieved, while others may feel sad or overwhelmed.
It’s important to remember that your feelings are valid. You deserve to know the emotional impacts of abortion before having one. Your mental health matters!
The Emotional Effects of Abortion
Like many medical procedures, abortion can trigger various emotions in a patient. According to the National Library of Medicine, a woman may feel:
- Feelings of loss
For some women, these emotions are experienced immediately following an abortion. For others, it can take days, months, or years to develop. If these emotions interfere with your daily life, you must speak with a trusted mental health professional and receive help.
What Is Depression?
Depression is a common occurrence in some women after an abortion. It may be mild or quite severe; every woman is different. Recognizing the signs of depression is the first step toward seeking the support you deserve.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people who experience depression may have these symptoms:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in doing activities
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, etc.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Anxiety, restlessness
- Trouble thinking, remembering things, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Where Can I Go for Support?
If you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of the mental health effects listed above, you must speak with a professional as soon as possible. You deserve healing! Women’s Care Center offers peer coaching post abortion consultations. Call to see how you can start your healing today!
There is help available. You are not alone!