If you are struggling with the after-effects of abortion, help is available. Many women have found that their abortion experience triggered emotional health issues. But you can heal by speaking with a professional therapist and practicing self-care. We can offer referrals and advice for recovering emotionally from an abortion.

Is There a Tie Between Abortion and Mental Health?

Although debated, it has become clear that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.” This same study found the following as well:

  • The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.
  • Risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion.

Do You Struggle With Any of The Following Emotions?

You are not alone in your feelings. Women from all different walks of life have expressed various emotional struggles after an abortion. Pregnancy hormones, physical changes, and the abortion procedure add to the conflict.

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Re-experiencing the event
  • Anxiety
  • Numbness
  • Depression
  • Trouble bonding in other relationships

How Can You Heal?

You need a safe place where you can speak freely about your experience because mental health issues may not start for weeks, months, or years afterward. We suggest contacting the free and confidential Option Line at 1-800-712-HELP (4357). They can connect you with caring assistance in your area.

In addition, it’s essential to make time for yourself. Self-care involves doing the activities you enjoy. Consider some of the following:

  • Exercise, including yoga and daily walks
  • Learn a new hobby
  • Avoid addictions
  • Accept support
  • Acknowledge the event

Do You Need a Safe Place to Talk?

If talking to a family member or close friend isn’t an option, schedule an appointment with a client advocate at The Center for Women. We promise to keep everything you say in strictest confidence. We do not judge or lecture. You’ll receive a listening ear and a caring heart.

Contact us today by filling out our online form or calling 828-885-7885. We’re here for you.

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