What Emotions are Expected after an Abortion?
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- Not every woman suffers after an abortion; some feel a sense of relief.
- Many women struggle mentally and emotionally when coming to terms with their abortion.
- Some women suffer from depression or other undesired emotional responses immediately after the abortion, or later on.
- If you are concerned about how an abortion would affect you, it is worth considering all your feelings and carefully weighing them in advance. 💚
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How Would I Feel After an Abortion?
The conflict that often accompanies an unintended pregnancy is a very intense and challenging experience for most women; they are fighting an inner battle that touches the core of their being. Many elements can factor in: her relationship, aspirations, fears, or past experiences.
Any of these aspects can account for a conflict and sway one's decision.
Just as every woman’s lived experience is unique, each abortion and post-abortion period is experienced differently.
In counseling, we commonly see the following scenarios play out (some women are familiar with both simultaneously):
Immediately following an abortion, many women feel a sense of relief. The burden of having to make such an enormous decision is gone - and many concerns are now nullified. Initially, these women are able to cope with an abortion well and continue life as usual.
Other women regret their abortion right away. Again, others feel grief and sadness after the relief has worn off. Some women seem unfazed — only to be troubled by emotional distress years later.
These troubling emotions are often described as grief, guilt, a sudden desire to have children, disappointment, vulnerability, numbness,...
Rushed decisions are more likely to lead to regret — or when heart and mind collide, and only one side is taken into account.
The question of the emotional effects of abortion is a controversial topic in the public and scientific arena. Nonetheless, your feelings matter and should be taken into account. Every woman deserves to have her concerns addressed prior to considering an abortion or to be heard after an abortion. Support is available!
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Potential Psychological Effects of an Abortion
An abortion can cause severe emotional distress. Some women sink into a deep, dark hole around the time of the baby’s due date. Others ruefully remember each anniversary of the abortion. A crisis can also be triggered by a pregnancy, whether her own or someone else’s.
Both physical and emotional symptoms are common — immediately following the abortion or later on. Some women bear their pain silently for years or even decades. Keeping this secret to oneself rather than confiding in someone can intensify these emotions.
Your concerns about coping with an abortion may stem from not being wholly convinced of the decision or because your heart is tugging in the opposite direction. Your concerns and emotions are relevant! They need to be considered before making a decision for the sake of your emotional well-being. Thereby, alternatives and solutions may be uncovered!
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Post Abortive Mental Health Concerns
These are possible symptoms of post-abortion trauma:
- Moodiness or depression
- Difficulty sleeping; nightmares
- Falling into addiction
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Anxiety Disorder
Women frequently share about relationship struggles after an abortion. Having undergone an abortion for one’s partner's sake puts the relationship under increased strain. In this case, post-abortion break-ups are common.
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Physical Reactions to Mental Distress (Psychosomatic Reactions)
When an abortion leads to psychological stress, physical reactions are possible. Symptoms may include migraines, back pain, or increased severity of menstrual cramps.
I Am Wondering Whether I Could Cope with an Abortion
Are you pregnant and wondering what to do? If so, you are probably flooded by many thoughts, concerns, and emotions. You may feel anxious about either of the possible choices.
You are not alone! We would love to come alongside you as you navigate this difficult road. Our judgement-free resources aim to bring clarity, so that you can discern the path that suits your lived experience:
- ⏳ Until When Can I Get an Abortion
- 📝 Abortion Pros and Cons – My Personal List
- 💪 Strengths Finder Test
Post Abortion Testimonials
Many women have contacted us at profemina, sharing their grief over their abortions. For example, here is what two women wrote:
"... I had an abortion… and now I deeply regret it. I long to have a baby more than ever before... what I did tears my heart into a thousand pieces... I am constantly thinking about how far along I would be, boy or girl ... my partner is trying to comfort me, but doesn't really get it..."
“...I can’t stop thinking that I should have kept the baby, and that everything would have worked out. It would not have been easy, but it would have also been wonderful... I should have taken more time to decide… I wish I could make it all undone. This was not what I really wanted, not my choice. My path would have included the baby. All of a sudden it has become clear to me that it would have been good to keep the baby, and I am unsure whether I will ever get over it. It hurts so badly. I want my baby back.”
We want you to make a decision that you feel good about in the long run.