No matter how you thought you’d emotionally react to an abortion, there is no formula that could have predicted how exactly this procedure would impact you.
Whether you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, grief, loss, or just negative mental health, it’s important to recognize that your feelings are valid and take steps to find healing.
The good news is that you are not alone. Women have experienced negative mental health impacts after an abortion and have found healing.
Read this article for possible resources and steps to find wholeness again.
Give Yourself Time and Space
You will likely not feel like your old self right away. You may wonder when you will start to feel normal again. Everyone’s journey and timeline are different, so it’s important that you don’t give yourself a deadline.
Instead, give yourself time and space to process your experience. Your mind needs time to heal, just like your body did after the procedure.
Get Help From Your Support System
No one should have to recover or process their experience alone. You don’t need to share on social media, with your friend group, or with your parents.
However, you should choose at least one trustworthy friend or family member with whom you can talk about this experience. If you are isolated, it will likely increase the negative mental health that you are experiencing, so try to reach out to at least one person in your support network.
Seek Post-Abortive Care
Having a personal support system is crucial, but we always recommend that you seek professional help.
It’s beneficial to process this experience with a trained counselor who understands how difficult experiences affect your brain and thought patterns.
You may consider seeing a therapist or professional counselor or reaching out to your church, synagogue, or place of worship for counseling if you are faith-based.
How We Can Help
Here at First Choice Reproductive Health, we can help you find post-abortive support. You are not alone.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for a no-cost appointment so we can help you start your healing journey.