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What to Expect After Having an Abortion in New Orleans

Millions of women and men in the U.S. have had abortions. Many are unhealed and do not know that they have an opportunity to work through their experience and loss. Because each individual experiences loss at different paces and times, our counselors work with each client to develop an individualized plan to work through his or her presenting needs. Our professional counselors in New Orleans, LA, provide a treatment approach that meets each person where he or she is.

Women’s health is a priority. If you have recently had an abortion, it is very important to address your physical health needs and tend to your emotional needs as well. For some women and men it has taken 20–30 years to seek healing. Please do not wait that long. Just coming and processing your experience can be relieving in and of itself.

Please call us today to make an appointment with one of our professional counselors. All counseling services at Woman’s New Life Clinic in New Orleans are confidential and free of charge.

Her Experience

Listed below are some potential physical effects of abortion:

  • Pelvic infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Blood clots in the uterus
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Cut or torn cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus wall
  • Anesthesia-related complications
  • Rh Immune Globulin Therapy

Psychological Effects

The following are potential symptoms that a woman may experience. If one has experienced emotional problems in the past, they may worsen after a loss. YOU know what you are feeling. Focusing on the thoughts and emotions that you have versus what is expected from you by society, family, or friends is important.

  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Regret
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Avoidance of emotional attachments
  • Flashbacks
  • Substance abuse

Our counselors do not attempt to fit each person into a category. Grief from a loss is a human condition and should be treated with respect and compassion.

Spiritual Effects

Some women have expressed difficulty in the spiritual part of their lives. Our counselors can provide resources agreed upon by the client to address the expressed need.

His Experience

Abortion can affect men on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level as well. When a man makes a decision to abort, believes that he has no say-so in a woman’s decision, or is not included in the abortion decision, his experience of loss can be felt in a number of ways. “The few published studies concerning men suggest that, like women, men may experience grief, anxiety, guilt, helplessness, and anger.”

Our counseling is offered to men who are grieving a loss from abortion. Many men do not know that they have a place that will provide the support to grieve their loss effectively. Our counselors in New Orleans provide a compassionate and respectful approach that facilitates the healing process.

The Healing Process

Healing from abortion is different for each person. What is common between loss through abortion and other pregnancy losses is the need to grieve. What differs is the way in which the loss occurred. Many women who have had an abortion begin to view the loss differently than when they were pregnant and scared. It is important that counselors educate clients about the process of crisis and the risks involved in making a decision while in the state of crisis. Our counselors have worked with women and men seeking healing from a loss that may have been avoided for a time. When an individual decides to begin the healing process for this loss, it is important to know where he or she can find help.

Our counselors in New Orleans will work with you on an individualized plan to process your loss and healing.

Resources

Abortion Changes You is a confidential space is for those who are touched by abortion, whether the experience happened recently or years ago. Abortion Changes You is a refuge for those who wish to tell their story and begin the process of healing.

Rachel’s Vineyard is a weekend of healing after abortion.

 

 

Coyle, Catherine. “Post-Abortion Trauma in Men Still Overlooked.” The Unchoice. 2006 Elliot Institute.
B. Raphael, The Anatomy of Bereavement (New York: Basic Books, 1993). (as cited in Coyle, 2006.)
R. A. Gordon & C. Kilpatrick, “A program of group counseling for men who accompany women seeking legal abortions,” Community Mental Health Journal 13: 291-295 (1977). (as cited in Coyle, 2006.)
A. Shostak & G. McLouth, Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses and Love (New York: Praeger, 1984). (as cited in Coyle, 2006.)

Hope Woman’s Clinic has merged with Woman’s New Life Center to become Woman’s New Life Clinic. We’re thrilled to offer unplanned pregnancy and reproductive health services under one brand name that more effectively communicates all of what we have for women in our community.