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Deciding to end a pregnancy is never easy. Every woman has a different reason for an abortion, and emotional reactions are common. After an abortion, it is normal to feel relief, sadness, grief, or guilt. These feelings can change from woman to woman.
hormonal changes that occur in your body during pregnancy are affected by an
abortion. These hormonal changes can make you feel more emotional than usual.
You may experience a spectrum of feelings, ranging from sadness, anger, and
regret to guilt or relief. In fact, hormonal changes can cause depression
symptoms, including sleeplessness (insomnia), sadness, tearfulness, anxiety,
hopelessness, irritability, and poor concentration. Lasting symptoms require
It is normal to go through a
grieving process after an abortion, regardless of the
reason for the abortion. The intensity and duration of emotional feelings vary
from woman to woman and can be affected by the hormonal changes at that stage
of pregnancy. Most women recover in a fairly short time.
A small number of women have prolonged
emotional reactions after having an abortion. If you have prolonged feelings of
sadness, guilt, or depression, be sure to talk about your
feelings with a supportive family member or friend, a professional counselor,
or your health professional.
Counseling early in a pregnancy is
important for a positive outcome when choosing an abortion. Counseling can help
you identify and manage your emotions about your choice. This can reduce the
risk of having emotional problems months or years after the
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH - Obstetrics and GynecologyKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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