Abortion: Emotional Recovery

Overview

For some, the choice to have an abortion is clear. For others, it's more complicated. Everyone has their own reason for an abortion. It's common to feel a range of emotions after having an abortion. Many people feel relief. But you may also have feelings of grief, sadness, or guilt. Whatever you feel (or don't feel) is normal.

A small number of people have long-term emotional reactions after an abortion. If you have lasting 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.

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Current as of: November 22, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rebecca H. Allen MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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