How Can I Recover Emotionally After an Abortion?

How Can I Recover Emotionally After an Abortion?

Navigating an unplanned pregnancy decision can be difficult. If you chose abortion and later experienced negative emotions or regret, know you are not alone. There is help and hope available. 

You deserve to put your mental health and healing first. Get to know the signs of emotional trauma to begin your recovery journey. 

What is Emotional Trauma? 

Abortion can be a challenging experience filled with a myriad of emotions. Experiences like abortion have the potential to negatively impact your long-term mental health by producing emotional trauma. 

Behavioral health experts define emotional trauma as “damage or injury to the psyche after living through an extremely frightening or distressing event and may result in challenges in functioning or coping normally after the event.” 

The American Psychological Association describes the following as potential symptoms following an experience of emotional trauma:  

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Unpredictable emotions
  • Flashbacks
  • Strained relationships
  • Physical symptoms (headaches, nausea)

It might seem easy to avoid these feelings or dismiss them as caused by other stress or challenging aspects of life. But paying attention to your body and mind’s responses is essential. 

If you think you might be experiencing some of these feelings following an abortion experience, please contact someone to talk. Your whole-person health is essential, and you deserve to prioritize your healing. 

How Can I Heal? 

To begin your healing journey, seeking help from a trusted professional is an excellent place to start. In the same way we see a doctor for our physical health, mental health professionals can help us care for our mental well-being. 

In addition, you may seek support from a caring support group or mentor. Our professional staff at Pregnancy Resource Centers of Central Oregon can assist you in beginning your healing journey. 

What Should I Do If I’m Considering An Abortion? 

If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant and are considering abortion, the best thing you can do is talk to someone today about the facts. Each person’s experience is unique, but it is important to note that many women have emotional experiences in common

At PRCs of Central Oregon, we can walk alongside you as you navigate your pregnancy decision through free, confidential pregnancy services and information on each option available. 

If you already had an abortion and are seeking support, we welcome you to our center to discuss how we can provide resources and guidance on beginning your healing journey. You don’t have to walk this road alone.  
You deserve to have all the information you need to be empowered to make healthy choices to put your well-being first. Schedule your free appointment today to get your questions answered and receive compassionate care from our team.