woman considering abortion

Learning you’re pregnant can be scary, and you may be considering a range of options. For some women, abortion seems to be the best choice. But abortion, like many other medical procedures, is serious, and it can affect women mentally in a variety of ways. 

It’s crucial to note that no matter how you feel after an abortion, your feelings are valid and matter. Some women may feel overwhelmed or depressed following an abortion procedure, and this is more common than you might think. Continue reading to learn more about mental health effects. 

How Will Abortion Make Me Feel?

A woman may feel anything from sadness to grief to relief after an abortion. The National Library of Medicine states that she may experience:

  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Feelings of loss
  • Anxiety

Some women have these feelings immediately after the abortion procedure, while others may find that they take a long time to develop. Regardless of when they appear, these emotions can be difficult, and you are deserving of mental health support. 

Why Do I Feel This Way?

Some women may feel depressed after an abortion procedure. Many may notice mild symptoms, while others find that theirs are quite severe. 

The Mayo Clinic explains that women who feel depressed may experience these symptoms:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in doing activities
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, etc. 
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Anxiety, restlessness
  • Trouble thinking, remembering things, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

I’d Like More Help. Where Can I Go?

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, you deserve to have all of the facts provided in a compassionate, nonjudgmental space. Consider reaching out to WaterLife PCC for help from our client advocates. We can provide you with the information you need, as well as provide support after an abortion. 

Reach out to us today!

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