It can be difficult to pinpoint how a woman will feel emotionally after an abortion. Every woman is different, and several factors can complicate her emotional recovery. But there are some common feelings a woman may experience after an abortion, and this information must be shared.
How May I Feel Afterward?
Some women may feel complex emotions, ranging from relief to sadness to anything in between. Studies show that common feelings after an abortion include:
- Suicidal behaviors
- Substance use disorders
- Eating disorders
While adverse mental effects don’t occur for every woman, they are certainly possible. Staying in tune with your mental health and seeking professional help at the first sign of something amiss is essential.
What is PASS?
The aftereffects of abortion are sometimes referred to as PASS or post-abortion stress syndrome. As abortion can be considered a traumatic experience, women can develop major mental health conditions such as PTSD, which require proper support and monitoring.
Certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing PASS, including:
- Lack of a proper support system
- Having had multiple abortions
- Having a history of mental health conditions
- Having certain cultural or religious beliefs that don’t condone abortion
- Feeling pressured to abort
- Wanting to be a mother
PASS can be difficult to overcome, but hope and healing are possible. Seeking professional counseling is the best way to alleviate these complex feelings and start your path toward recovery.
What Can I Do to Make the Best Decision Possible?
When considering your pregnancy options, ensure you research abortion, parenting, and adoption. Don’t take this decision lightly; you deserve to have the facts and make an informed choice.
Embrace offers one-on-one appointments and emotional support to review your options in a safe, confidential environment. These services are offered at no cost to you.
Contact Embrace today to learn more. You’re worth it!