Women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant sometimes feel pressure to terminate their pregnancy. If you or a friend have recently considered abortion, did you know the procedure can impact your physical and mental health?
Most women are prepared for the physical recovery following an abortion, but they have no idea how to support their emotional well-being.
Having a plan in place to support your mental wellness following an abortion is key. Here are a few simple steps you or a friend can take to properly heal emotionally following an abortion.
What Should I Expect Following an Abortion?
According to the American Psychological Association, a percentage of women will experience feelings of grief, sadness, and loss after an abortion. Some women even report experiencing significant disorders like depression and anxiety following a pregnancy termination.
If you find yourself feeling depressed after an abortion, it’s vital to seek help. The signs of depression can include: feeling sad, having low energy, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, or sleeping too much or too little.
Although it’s not yet common practice, a number of medical experts have suggested that pre-screening women seeking an abortion may help identify those at high risk of experiencing adverse effects.
Finding The Support You Need
Preparing for all of the potential outcomes after having an abortion is the best way to support your mental, emotional and physical health.
Some women will feel relieved after their abortion, but some will face years of mental illness.
Options Medical Clinic provides women with no-cost pregnancy services and post-abortion counseling. If you’ve had an abortion and are struggling to cope, our staff is here for you.
Appointments are easy and accessible. Just text (770) 874-2031 whenever you’re ready. You don’t have to face this journey alone. Take the first step into community today!