1 in 3 women will have an abortion by the age of 45

Abortion may be a relatively common experience, but abortion affects each of us differently. In the weeks and years following an abortion, women may experience physical or psychological after effects.

Emotional Risks of Abortion

Women experience different emotions after an abortion. Some women may feel guilty, sad or empty, while others may feel relief that the procedure is over. Some women reported severe psychological effects after their abortion, including depression, grief, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, regret, suicidal thought and behavior, sexual dysfunction, avoidance of emotional attachment, flashbacks, and substance abuse. The emotions may appear immediately after an abortion or gradually over a longer period of time. ...Read More

These feelings may recur or felt stronger at the time of another abortion or a normal birth, or on the anniversary of the abortion. Counseling or support before and after an abortion is very important. If family help and support are not available, coping with the feelings that appear often after an abortion may be more difficult for the woman. Talking with a professional counselor before having an abortion can help a woman better understand her decision and the feelings she may experience after the procedure. If counseling is not available to the woman (or man), these feelings may be more difficult to handle. Many pregnancy help centers offer pre and post abortion counseling services.

Abortion Recovery support groups are available to both women and men nationwide. These groups help individuals find a safe path to healing. To join a local support group in Mississippi, please call the office at 601-956-8636, and we can connect you.

Are you or someone you know struggling with these emotions?

Regret, Shame, Anger, Sadness That Often Lead to...

  • Playing the scene over and over again in your head wishing you had done something differently.
  • Asking yourself WHY questions that you can never answer to your satisfaction.
  • Struggling with relationships.
  • Difficulty bonding with children.

You are Not Alone. Reach out to one of these Abortion Recovery Hotlines:

Support After Abortion

Rachel's Vineyard
 877-HOPE 4 ME(467-3463)

National Hotline for Abortion Recovery