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Struggling to Cope with a Past Abortion

Without a doubt, recent events have brought abortion to the forefront of nationwide debate.  There is so much passion (and also confusion) around this complex subject.  However, at least one piece of the puzzle is clear: Abortion is a common experience among American women.  According to Guttmacher Institute, eighteen percent of pregnancies (not including miscarriages) ended in abortion in the year 2017.  Abortion rates in 2014 showed that twenty-four percent of women will get an abortion by the time they reach age forty-five.  Some women report feeling thankful after an abortion and can move forward without looking back.  For others, abortion is a difficult experience that can trigger some challenging emotions, even years later.  Are you struggling to cope with a past abortion?  If so, you’re not alone!  Your circumstances may feel isolating, but there’s support available!  Reaching out for help isn’t always easy.  However, it’s almost always worthwhile.

Avenue Women’s Center is a provider of free first-step pregnancy services in DuPage County, Illinois.  The courageous women who visit our six limited medical clinics come from all walks of life, and many of them have had one or more abortions in their past.  Our caring staff at Avenue understands that your circumstances and history may be complicated.  It’s our role to empower you with knowledge and support, so you feel equipped to live your best life!

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Recognizing Your Feelings About the Past

If your abortion experience was a difficult one, and you’re struggling to cope, you may be wrestling with a wide range of emotions.  Some women report feeling numb, regretful, sad, angry, and/or anxious after an abortion.  You might even experience relief along with these more challenging emotions.  Confusion around your past pregnancy decision and how you feel about it can sometimes linger for years to come.  For your own mental health, it’s important to work through any unresolved emotions.  Stuffing them down or trying to ignore them isn’t going to help you accept the past and move forward with confidence.

You Don’t Have to Face the Past, Present, or Future Alone!

Some women who’ve had a difficult experience with abortion feel embarrassed.  Their instinct is to keep their past a secret.  Others may avoid talking about abortion because they don’t want to trigger any negative emotions.  Until you’ve opened up to someone, it’s hard to imagine how freeing it can feel to process your past within a trusted relationship.  Consider seeking support from a caring friend, professional counselor, faith leader, or mentor.  Support groups and abortion recovery programs are a great way to connect with women who’ve been through a similar season of life and who’d love to encourage you on your journey.  As you come to terms with your past, there may even be an opportunity to encourage someone else!  Purpose can come through pain.  Are you feeling isolated from others because of your past abortion?  Break free by confiding in someone trustworthy!  Many women with an abortion in their past are now taking brave steps forward.  You can too!

Avenue Women’s Center is an excellent resource for women who are going through an unexpected pregnancy and/or struggling to cope with a past abortion.  We offer free and confidential lab-quality pregnancy tests, limited medical ultrasounds, options consultations, and post-abortion support!  When you reach out to Avenue, you’ll have an opportunity to process your unique circumstances with a compassionate, non-judgmental team member.  We’re here for you on your road to acceptance and recovery!

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You can also check out Avenue’s Abortion Recovery web page!



Guttmacher Institute.  (2022).  Induced Abortion in the United States.  Retrieved from:

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.