If you have an abortion, know that your experience will be unique. This includes your post-abortion recovery, too.  

While some women feel at peace, others can feel confused, sad, or angry. 

Pregnancy Services of Ionia County cares about your physical and mental health. We’re here if you need someone to talk to after an abortion.

Possible Mental Health Impacts

There’s no way to predict how you’ll feel after an abortion with 100% certainty. But some women are at an increased risk of certain mental health effects after the procedure, including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal behaviors

Some refer to these mental health effects as PASS or post-abortion stress syndrome. Groups like the APA have not yet accepted this term, but PASS does highlight common issues experienced by some women.

If you face emotional challenges after an abortion, know that healing is possible. You can recover from this experience.

What Lies Ahead

Women who struggle after abortion can go on to lead happy, fulfilling lives. But they deserve support and encouragement. 

Here are some ways to begin your healing journey:

  • Seek help and community from support groups
  • Find a counselor or therapist trained in post-abortion recovery
  • Speak with loved ones who can offer non-judgmental support
  • Talk to your medical provider about medication or therapy for conditions like depression
  • Consider journaling or other creative outlets to organize your thoughts and feelings
  • Find hobbies and interests you enjoy
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Exercise regularly and develop healthy sleep habits 

You may feel alone after an abortion. But support is never far away. Other women have been in your shoes and found healing.

We’re Here For You

Pregnancy Services of Ionia County offers free, confidential support. We can talk through your emotions and connect you to post-abortion healing resources.

Contact us today to get started. You aren’t alone.