After Abortion Support
There is no right or wrong way to feel after your abortion. Every woman’s experience is unique. Some women feel relieved, and some women regret their decision right away. Some women have deep feelings of loss, and others may not feel much at all. It’s common to feel many things all at once! Some women and men who have been involved in an abortion decision have feelings of relief, sadness, loneliness, anger, lack of interest in work, school or even sex. These can all exist at one time. That may be confusing, but it’s also normal.
If you have had an abortion or know someone who has, maybe you have noticed changes emotionally or physically, and you wonder what has brought on the change. Many women, no matter what they feel, find it helpful to talk about their abortion. A trained professional, a family member or a close friend can offer great support. Some women avoid talking through their feelings because they feel ashamed, or they fear the judgment of others.
You might not have told your parents, friends or significant other about your abortion. That doesn’t mean you need to sort out your feelings alone. In fact, the people close to you may be experiencing the same things. You can get help.
One thing that surprises many women is when these feelings don’t show up in the weeks and months after an abortion but pop up years later. It can be overwhelming and confusing to deal with emotions from the distant past. It’s never too late to get help or counselling. There is no time limit on your feelings. Just as every woman experiences abortion differently, so every woman also has a unique path to moving on. It doesn’t matter if your abortion was yesterday or 20 years ago. Pregnancy Help Line can support you.
If you’re looking for emotional support after abortion, you can chat with us here on the website or call us at 0444 631 4300. We’re here to help between 8 am to 12 midnight.
Note: Pregnancy Helpline India and our network of participating pregnancy life care organization offer peer counselling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, these centres do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice.