People feel abortion is a viable option for various reasons; however, it is impossible to predict how you might feel after an abortion. There are well-documented facts that have demonstrated how an abortion can negatively affect a woman’s mental health.
Whether you are experiencing grief or loss or more severe feelings such as anxiety and depression, you are not alone. Many women face these complicated emotions after an abortion procedure but are able to find healing after seeking help in the right places.
Give Yourself Time and Space
Abortion is an invasive medical procedure, so your mind requires time to heal just like your body needs to physically heal. You shouldn’t try to suppress whatever you are feeling but instead give yourself time and space to process the experience.
The emotions may feel stronger at some times than others, and that is perfectly normal. The first important step is to allow yourself to feel it rather than trying to explain or suppress your feelings. Some of the common emotions you may experience include:
- Sadness or sorrow
- Feeling of loss
- Regret or guilt
- Emotional pain
- Anger or rage
- Suicidal impulses
- Self-destructive behavior
Seek Support and Counseling
Some women do not want to discuss their feelings or experience with anyone else because they fear judgment, but no one should have to walk this journey alone. Whether it’s a trusted friend, family member, or trained professional, you deserve the chance to seek healing by discussing your emotions in a safe, judgment-free environment.
Seek Post-Abortive Care
At Sienna Women’s Health, we offer consultations to help you start on your healing journey. We offer no-cost pregnancy services but we also help you find peer counseling so you can have the support you need to find wholeness.
You’re not alone and we are here to help you find hope. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!