A lot of women are curious how they might feel physically and emotionally after an abortion.
Abortion is an elective procedure that either involves surgery or several rounds of very strong medication. When putting your body through that you can experience mild or severe after effects, both physical and emotional.
Physical after effects usually occur within a few hours or days. Some are anticipated as a result of having an abortion and include abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, spotting and bleeding. More serious side effects occur as a result of a complication during the abortion and may include heavy or persistent bleeding, infection or sepsis, damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of uterus, damage to other organs and death.
Emotional after effects may occur immediately or surface years after the abortion. 90% of women suffer from emotional after effects*, and may include:
- Bouts of crying and depression
- Grief or sadness, depression
- Anger or rage, emotional numbness
- Sexual problems or promiscuity
- Eating disorders
- Lowered self-esteem/loss of confidence
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Nightmares and sleep disturbances
- Suicidal urges
- Relationship issues
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
- Fear of pregnancy
Here is what I can tell you, if you think you might be pregnant the first step is to get it verified. It is also important to talk with people who are unbiased in your life, they can help you understand the options and facts. Pregnancy Resource Center does this for free, yes free! They can perform a medical grade pregnancy test and a first trimester ultrasound, while consulting with you in a compassionate and confidential environment. If you have already experienced abortion we are here for you, please come talk to us. You can call us at +1(541)728-3037 or schedule your appointment right now!
You may or may not be pregnant right now but may feel like you would like to talk to someone about your feelings, whether you experienced an abortion recently or many years ago, you can contact our Hearts of Hope representative directly by phone or text at +1(541)203-7700 or use our confidential email. We care about your heart and are here to give you hope!