There are a variety of emotional experiences women have after an abortion.
It is a myth that women who have abortions will experience psychological trauma.
Feelings after an abortion can be more intense 4-6 days after an abortion when the hormones are leveling out. The intensity due to hormones will go away within a couple of days.
Often intense emotions are worse for a woman who: has other stressful events/ people in her life; felt coerced into having an abortion; was against abortion before she had hers or feels like she cannot share her feelings with friends and family.
For a woman who continues to feel intense emotions after the abortion, talking to friends, seeking counseling, reading other women’s abortion stories or writing out her feelings are all ways to cope with the intensity.
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