The way a woman feels after an abortion decision can vary depending on her individual experiences and beliefs. While some women report being relieved afterward, others have expressed regret. There’s also a third group. These women may feel a mixture of positive and negative emotions. There are numerous, complex factors that can influence the way you react to an abortion decision. Even if you feel like you’ll be ok after an abortion, before you commit to one of your options, it can be helpful to explore your thought processes as you gather information.
Are you feeling confident about moving forward with an abortion? Before taking your next steps, Avenue Women’s Center can provide the information you need. Confirm your pregnancy at one of our six Chicagoland centers. Receive a free limited medical ultrasound that will let you know how far along you are and if the pregnancy is likely to continue. Gather information regarding abortion procedures, risks, and alternatives in a confidential environment.
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Who Can I Talk to About an Abortion Decision?
If you’re thinking about abortion as an unexpected pregnancy option, you may be wondering how you’ll feel about your choice afterward. Perhaps you know someone who said she felt fine. Or, you’ve heard about women who have had abortions, and they don’t appear to regret them. While this may be true for them, this is your personal journey. What may have worked for other people may not be applicable to your situation. It’s recommended you take time to explore your feelings before you move forward with one of your choices.
It’s not uncommon to experience a mixture of emotions after finding out you were pregnant. This can make it difficult to process a decision. There may be days where you feel you’re in conflict with yourself over a choice. Shock, sadness, anger, confusion, and sometimes a strange sense of excitement can make your feelings hard to pin down.
Every woman tends to react differently to an abortion decision. Therefore, the path you take to sort through your options and feelings may diverge from the direction other women may have taken. At times, it can seem overwhelming to try to process everything alone. While you may be hesitant to share your news, talking through everything with someone can be helpful.
This may include a trusted friend or relative, or a professional resource like a counselor or pregnancy consultant. Someone who is trained to listen to your concerns may be able to talk you through your feelings as you weigh the pros and cons of an abortion decision alongside your other options.
Next Steps Before an Abortion
Depending on your circumstances, you may feel as if you need to decide on abortion quickly. But have you taken the time to assess your health? Have you weighed the information you’ve gathered alongside how you may feel about each choice before you make your decision?
Your feelings are valid, and while it may seem like a lot to process, it may be worth gathering accurate information about your pregnancy decision and discussing your thoughts with a trusted resource before you move forward.
If you’re thinking about an abortion decision, Avenue Women’s Center is here for you. Meet with an expert pregnancy consultant who will listen to your concerns. We’ll answer your questions within a nonjudgmental environment. Learn more about your health and the viability of your pregnancy by receiving a free, limited ultrasound exam. There may be a lot to process when it comes to thinking about abortion. That’s why our staff is trained to partner with you as you consider your next steps.
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.