What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Abortion can be a complicated and heavy topic for many. Post-abortive women feel a range of emotions, from sadness to relief. Each experience is different, and if you consider abortion for your unplanned pregnancy, you deserve the facts.

While we can’t predict with certainty how you would feel, we know what you may go through. We’ll discuss possible feelings below and what you can do to care for yourself. Believe in yourself, and know that you deserve to find peace.

Will I Be Relieved After an Abortion?

You may indeed feel relief. Sometimes, women believe abortion is their best pregnancy option. Other times, they feel profound anxiety or regret. 

The National Library of Medicine states that multiple emotions could occur after abortion, including:

  • Loss 
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness 
  • Depression

These feelings could disappear after short periods, but you may experience long-term mental health problems. Without proper support, you might struggle to overcome these effects. You may feel isolated and alone if you don’t have resources.

Is There Help for Me?

You can participate in self-care activities like exercising, cooking your favorite meal, or seeing a movie. Spending time with loved ones is also essential. However, long-term healing requires professional help from a counselor or support group. Some therapists are trained in post-abortion healing and offer specialized care.

Healing is a complex journey. You’ll have good and bad days. But know it is possible. Critical steps include engaging in everyday activities and caring for your well-being during this time. There is a path forward.

New Beginnings of Winchester provides emotional support and a listening ear. We’ll treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve. And you’ll never receive judgment from us. 

Reach Out to Us Today

Contact New Beginnings of Winchester today to learn about our free and confidential services. We’re here for you, and there is hope.