The National Institutes of Health shares and warns women about the mental health effects after an abortion, as the procedure is associated with elevated rates of mental illness. If women have already struggled with mental health before an abortion, it can increase the likelihood of struggling emotionally.
Even if you are facing intense emotional effects after abortion, know that it’s possible to recover and heal with the proper support and resources.
The Aftermath of Abortion
Abortion comes with lots of physical and emotional trauma, which can impact your everyday life. You may struggle with challenging emotions, flashbacks, or withdrawal from regular life.
Research reveals that lots of women go through a range of emotional responses after an abortion, potentially exposing them to the following mental health struggles:
- Substance Use Disorder
- Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors
You are not alone if you are experiencing any of these mental health struggles. It’s more normal than you think after such a serious and life-changing pregnancy decision.
How Do I Recover?
Be Honest With Yourself
It’s important not to suppress your emotions but rather let them lead you to a place of honesty and recovery. Your emotions are valid. Be honest and let yourself feel all the emotions coming at you. It’s important not to stay there too long but get help when you think the time is right.
Talk to Someone You Trust
Talk to someone you trust, like a friend, mentor, relative, counselor, or support group. Talking through your feelings with someone else will help you get them out of your head and see more clearly.
At Reach Out Pregnancy, we know how important the road to recovery is after an abortion. We can connect you with a no-cost and confidential recovery group today. Contact us to learn more.