Your Guide to Abortion Recovery
If you have had an abortion, know that peace is possible.
You can move forward and have a happy life.
You are not alone and you are not the first one to have these feelings of loss, regret, guilt, pain and even shame.
Dwelling on it
is not always helpful;
in fact, it can add to your pain.
Fill out the form to the right to download the helpful guide:
‘Abortion Recovery –
4 Steps to Healing’.
Did you know?
- Due in part to their controversial nature, abortions can cause trauma and grief severe enough to destroy families, relationships and lives.
- Abortion grief is so significant, it is now considered a post-traumatic stress disorder that can have a delayed onset, often triggered by an event or memory.
- Some women are coerced into having an abortion they don’t really want. Others make the choice they believe is the best at the time, but come to regret it later. Some carry the emotional pain of an abortion all their lives.
Signs you are having problems recovering from an abortion.
How do you know if you should seek help?
Women who have had an abortion report having one or several of the following feelings or symptoms. Do any of these describe you?.
Self-destructive behavior – Alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, or risk taking.
Feelings of Sadness – You may cry for what appears to be no reason. Or cry easily as a reaction to others.
Relationship Problems – You are experiencing a marriage breakdown, family conflict, sexual dysfunction, difficulty maintaining friendships, child neglect or abuse.
Replacement pregnancy- You got pregnant again as soon as possible.
Mental health struggles – You are experiencing one of the following: post-natal depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, addictions, phobias, depression, or mood swings.
You are angry at yourself and everyone else – You have developed chronic anger and don’t seem to be getting over it.
Feelings of Hopelessness – Life doesn’t feel the same and you just don’t see the value or benefit of any of it.
Inability to Concentrate – You must keep moving – when you sit down to concentrate, you can’t.
Loss of Joy / Sadness – Things and people you found great joy in previously, just leave you feeling empty.
Frequent & Recurring Thoughts of Death or Suicide, or Attempted Suicide – Get help right away. This is nothing to ignore or tell yourself that you can handle it by yourself. Reach out and talk to a professional. CALL 911 OR CONTACT A LOCAL PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY.
You can heal after an abortion ! YSC can help.
How Online Counseling Can Help You Recover from an Abortion
Because of the advantages and immediacy of online counseling, we find people are more likely to start. And the sooner you start, the sooner you can reduce and vanquish the problems relating to your abortion.
It is convenient – you can do it from anywhere.
Where do you feel most comfortable? Home? In a coffee shop? That is where you might want to be when speaking with your counselor. Online therapy gives you the option to select your location.
It is anonymous.
Do you feel awkward at the thought of sitting in a room talking in person with your therapist? Online counseling gives you the choice of HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing, chat, email or phone – so you can decide how much interaction works best for you.
It is more private.
Do you fear meeting someone you know in a therapist’s waiting room? That keeps many people from getting the help they need. Online therapy give you the ultimate in privacy — it is therapy you can do from the privacy of your own home.
It is affordable.
Whether you have insurance or not, our therapists are priced to provide a great value to you. Hourly rates vary by counselor. They start at $40 an hour.
One in three American women has had an abortion.
Sometimes after an abortion, unexpected emotions surface.
Here are some of the triggers:
Birth of Another Child
You experience the “what if” emotions, triggered by another baby.
The anniversary of the abortion as well as the due date can bring a repeat of symptoms you experienced earlier.
Birth of a Friend or Relative’s Child
Again, you re-experience the loss of your child, when you see other baby carried to term.
Losing another child can make you question yourself all over again. And all mourning is experienced as loss and grief.
Closing a door on fertility can bring back the emotions associated with ending a pregnancy.
Ending a relationship, and the loss of love, often triggers the emotions caused by the ending of your earlier pregnancy.
What makes Your Story Confidential special?
Online counseling means you can get help on your schedule, and on your terms. Our therapists, counselors and life coaches are here to build a relationship with you. They will listen objectively and help you learn tools to cope, heal, and move forward with life. Conversations between you and your provider are strictly confidential.