There is no right or wrong way to feel after your abortion. Every woman’s experience is unique. Most women feel relief immediately after their abortion, but some begin to feel sadness, shame, and guilt days, months, and even years later. We can help you recover emotionally with free, confidential one-on-one consultations or group meetings. Contact us today.

Your Emotions are Real

Research confirms a connection between mental health problems and abortion. One study from the National Institutes of Health reports that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.”

The same study also says, “the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.” You are especially vulnerable if you have struggled with mental health issues before your abortion.

Post-Abortion Symptoms

An abortion can bring out a wide range of emotions. Your feelings are unique to you, and you’re entitled to feel the way you do. The following are a few of the emotions women have expressed post-abortion:

  • Relief
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Low self-esteem
  • Abnormal eating tendencies
  • Depression, anxiety, and sadness
  • Emotional numbness
  • Self-harm with drugs, alcohol, or other addictions
  • Anger and bitterness

The Importance of Talking About It

Generally, women do not discuss their abortion experiences. There is still a stigma despite statistics suggesting roughly 25% of women will have an abortion by age 45.

At Greene Pregnancy Center, we believe there is healing in sharing experiences. We provide support and care in individual or group settings depending on your comfort level. Our trained client advocates support women and men affected by abortion. Many of them have been in the same situation.

Since the pandemic, more people, particularly women, have struggled with loneliness and isolation. We never want you to feel alone or have to deal with your emotions by yourself. We’re here for you.

The compassionate team at Greene Pregnancy Center offers free and confidential post-abortion consultations. Contact us today to begin your healing journey.

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