It can be difficult to know what to expect after an abortion procedure. For some women, this decision seemed easy. For others, it was one fraught with difficult emotions.
As abortion is a major decision, you may deal with complicated feelings for days, weeks, or years afterward. You may find peace along the way, or perhaps you’ll struggle to find healing. Your journey is valid, and you deserve to care for yourself during this time.
What Can I Expect After an Abortion?
Recovering after an abortion can feel complicated. You may have side effects like cramping, bleeding, or even physical complications that take some time to heal. You may also suffer from mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
The National Institutes of Health caution that women may experience adverse mental health effects after an abortion, as the procedure is associated with elevated rates of mental illness. Moreover, other factors like having faced pressure to abort or having an existing mental health condition can increase the likelihood of struggling emotionally.
Like other traumatic events, abortion can majorly impact your quality of life. You may struggle with difficult emotions, flashbacks, or withdrawal from regular life.
What Can I Do to Help Myself Heal?
Though it may seem unlikely right now, healing is possible. There are resources available to you, such as abortion after-care support. You can also engage in self-care activities like:
Attending group or individual therapy sessions
Cooking your favorite meal
Partaking in hobbies and activities, you enjoy
Spending time with friends
Planning a weekend trip
Your local center may offer support services to help you begin your journey toward peace. Positive Options provides one-on-one mentoring sessions that help those struggling with pregnancy loss.
Considering Abortion or Struggling With its Aftermath?
Whether you’re considering abortion or have already had the procedure, we can help you find the clarity you’re looking for. Contact Positive Options today to learn more about our free and confidential services.