How will I feel emotionally after the abortion?
Millions of women around the world have abortions and have no psychological problems afterwards. The most reported emotion after an abortion is one of relief. In the first weeks after the abortion, while the pregnancy hormones are still in the body, a woman may have many emotions, including relief, sadness, or happiness. It is important to try to talk to someone about these feelings. 39
Most women can cope with these feelings, especially with the support of friends and family. Most women have no lasting negative feelings. Some women may have more difficulties coping with their abortion, especially if they are in a difficult place in their lives. Most women are able to come to peace with their decision, and understand that it was the best decision they were able to make for themselves, their family, and for their future hopes and dreams.
It is important to remember that in many cultures, women who have sex or an unwanted pregnancy are expected to feel shamed and guilty. Those expectations can influence a woman. It is always difficult to resist the expectations of society. At Women Help Women, we believe in women’s strength and we trust women to make the decision that is best for her. No one else can judge the decisions of an individual woman.