No one can tell you how you are going to feel. Every person is different. Some individuals report negative emotions after abortions that linger, unresolved. For some, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later. There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in long-term emotional and physical health.
In line with the best available research, you should be informed that abortion significantly increases the risk for
- Clinical depression and anxiety
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal thoughts and behavior
We have helped thousands of women and men in the Phoenix area overcome their feelings of shame and regret associated with abortion, many who have carried it for decades. Contact us confidentially at FindHope@cpcphoenix.org if you have an abortion in your past and are looking for hope and healing.