Every woman’s experience after abortion is different, but abortion recovery can be a difficult road to walk.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons shares a study finding that almost 75% of women who had an abortion and felt at least subtly pressured into making the decision experienced difficult emotional and mental health challenges, including:
- Feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem
- Thoughts or attempts of suicide
If you’re considering abortion, be informed of the risks and side effects so you can make a decision for yourself and not due to pressure around you. You have options for this pregnancy.
Life After Abortion
While you may think abortion is an easy process that relieves an unexpected situation, it’s not as smooth as you may think. Abortion comes with physical and emotional risks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common physical risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- Heavy bleeding
- Prolonged fever
- Abdominal discomfort
Some of the common risks and complications of a surgical abortion include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
While the emotional side effects of abortion may not show up initially, many women struggle with guilt, depression, and emotional trauma weeks, months, or even years later.
You Are Not Alone
If you’ve already gone through an abortion experience and are struggling emotionally, you are not the only one.
Support is important to your healing and recovery journey. Talk to our team to get help after an abortion. Healing is possible, and you aren’t alone.