For many women, having an abortion can be emotionally challenging. You may feel uncertain about who to turn to, especially if you are experiencing trauma following an abortion.
It is important to remember that you are not alone! There is help available to walk you through this healing journey.
Does Abortion Cause Emotional Problems?
The National Institutes of Health states that for women who have had an abortion, “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.” They also say, “the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.”
Women may associate their abortions with trauma. Following a traumatic event, someone may experience:
- Strained relationships
- Unpredictable emotions
- Physical symptoms (headaches, nausea)
It is imperative that you seek the help and support you deserve if you believe you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above.
Speaking with a trusted professional will help you to sort through these feelings and find healing. At Grace Women’s Care Center, we provide a 24-hour Helpline or free appointments to discuss your experience. We want to walk this path with you and provide a listening ear.
What Things Can I Do to Help Myself Heal?
You deserve healing, so it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Maintaining your physical health is important, but taking care of your emotional health is crucial to finding peace.
Some tips that may be helpful include:
- Using calming techniques like yoga and aromatherapy
- Participating in physical activities
- Avoiding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
- Volunteering and staying involved in your community
- Engaging in deep breathing techniques and meditation
- Getting plenty of sleep and eating well
- Talking with others about your feelings
Who Can I Turn to if I’m Considering Abortion?
If you would like to learn more about how abortion can impact your mental health, contact us today. We can discuss your pregnancy options and speak with you about what to expect.
If you have already had an abortion, know that we are here for you. You don’t have to go through this alone! Contact us to schedule a free and confidential appointment.