The time surrounding an abortion decision can be intense emotionally—for many people it provokes an examination of some big issues about the future, relationships, or values. No matter what you decide, facing an unplanned pregnancy can present intense feelings.
The predominant feeling most people report after an abortion is relief, but you may feel confusion, resolve, empowerment, sadness, guilt, happiness, or a combination of mixed feelings. Many patients talk about feeling confident about their decision, and also feeling sad about having an abortion. Honor your own feelings—there is no right way to feel. Allow yourself the same freedom to have feelings as you would after any major life event or big decision.
Even though abortion is very common, it can be hard to talk about, especially because of all the political, religious, and cultural stigma involved. If you want to talk to someone after the abortion, feel free to call our office and talk to a counselor for free:
Abortion is an extremely common experience—over one-third of American women have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old—and yet many people feel isolated or alone when they have an abortion. The silence around abortion hurts us all. FIND YOUR VOICE and talk to someone you trust. You are not alone.
We have trained staff on-call 24 hours a day if you have a medical concern. Of course, if you are having a medical emergency, call 911.