Are you overwhelmed by the guilt, shame, or regret you feel after an abortion? Some women experience initial relief after an abortion but still struggle with their decision months and years later. Along with the physical side effects, men and women experience emotional side effects of abortion. You are not alone in your struggle.

Wherever you are in your post-abortion journey, know hope and healing are available. Receive help in your time of need and talk with a professional. It’s important to receive counsel and resources to get through this.

The After Effects

The National Institutes of Health shares that for women who have had an abortion, “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.” They also say, “The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.” Following a traumatic event, such as an abortion, women may experience the following:

  • Denial
  • Shock
  • Flashbacks 
  • Physical symptoms (headaches, nausea)
  • Broken relationships
  • Rollercoaster of emotions

Common Post-Abortion Feelings and Effects

  • Sadness or sorrow
  • Feeling of loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Regret or guilt
  • Emotional pain
  • Nightmares
  • Anger or rage
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Self-destructive behavior

It’s important not to shove your emotions down but to confront them as they come. Seek the professional help you need if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above. Our caring team is here to walk alongside you.

The Support You Need

You don’t have to face this journey of healing alone. Sometimes expressing your emotions to someone you trust is precisely what you need to begin healing. Reach out to our compassionate team today for help with this courageous step. We believe in you.

Our experienced team at New Life Pregnancy Resource Center offers no-cost and confidential care for you in your time of need. Contact us today to talk in a safe and confidential space.