No matter your circumstances, abortion is never an easy decision. Although many women feel relief immediately after their abortion, some also say they experience guilt, depression, and anxiety days, months, or even years later. 

If you’re struggling with your abortion decision, there is hope and healing for your future.

Post-Abortion Symptoms

Recent studies agree that women who have had an abortion have “elevated rates of mental illness” compared to women who have never had one. Some women are greatly affected by their abortion experience. The study reports women with pre-existing mental health conditions are especially vulnerable.

Potential Emotions

  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Low self-esteem
  • Abnormal eating tendencies
  • Depression
  • Emotional numbness
  • Self-harm with drugs, alcohol, or other addictions
  • Anger and bitterness

Generally, women do not discuss their abortion experiences with others. There is still a stigma despite statistics suggesting roughly 25% of women will have an abortion by age 45. 

Women’s Mental Health Issues Today

According to Deloitte, 54% of Gen Z women and 45% of Millennial women feel stressed all or most of the time. Gen Z has any generation’s highest level of adverse mental health issues. 

If a pre-existing mental illness puts some women at greater risk of mental health problems after their abortion, then Gen Z and Millennial women will definitely have increased anxiety and depression. By not discussing your experience, you have to deal with your thoughts and emotions alone. 

You Can Find Healing

Are you someone who has kept your abortion a secret, stuffing the memory away, but still struggles with your emotions? Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t real. 

The compassionate team at the Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon offers free consultations for post-abortion healing. We understand your feelings of anxiety, guilt, and depression. 

We also respect your privacy. Your story and healing journey remain confidential. Schedule an appointment at the Pregnancy Care Center to begin your path to freedom. We offer same-day appointments and walk-ins whenever available.