If you are having emotional stress after an abortion there is help. We can offer counseling, referrals, talklines, and the self help guide Emotional and Spiritual Resolution Workbook.Emotional Aftercare
Ending a pregnancy is an important life decision and it is completely normal to have feelings about it. Most women are relieved that the abortion is over, but you may also have other feelings.
Problem signs include crying a lot, having trouble concentrating at work or school, trouble sleeping or eating. If you find that you are sad or guilty and it is not getting better, you may want further help.
If you want to talk to us, or if you want a referral, please make an appointment to talk either in person or over the phone. There is no charge for any additional counseling sessions.
A helpful resource is "A Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Resolution After an Abortion"Other suggestions:
- If you are feeling alone in this experience it is important to find someone to talk to, either a trusted friend or family member, clergy, or a professional counselor. Call us during office hours for a referral or to schedule a counseling appointment. Or, you can call Backline, a pregnancy talkline at 888-493-0092
(evenings) or Exhale
for a nonjudgmental person to talk to.
- If there are people who oppose your decision or if you are worried about regretting it later, take some time to write down your reasons and how you felt about ending the pregnancy. Save this to read at a later date if you need to.
- There is written material on dealing with your feelings after an abortion. You can take a copy of the Pregnancy Options Workbook, especially the "Healing After " section today, or look at it on the internet www.pregnancyoptions.info
- Other books and literature
are also available to help you.
- There are more suggestions on these handouts: Healthy Coping
or You Are a Good Woman.
Whatever emotional difficulties you were having before your abortion will likely continue afterwards. If you are having problems in a relationship or with a family member, you should try to resolve that, perhaps with the help of a counselor or trusted adviser. If you have been prescribed medication for depression or other mood problems, continue it as directed.