One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from the women and men that call H3Helpline is “how long does it take to be healed?”  Whenever you are going through any kind of trauma or pain, it’s often the first question that comes to mind. And while most medical or physical recovery can be estimated and given an approximate timeline to expect, healing from an abortion is different, as everyone’s experience with abortion is different and unique to them.  Keep reading to learn more about post-abortion healing and how H3Helpline can help you. Call us anytime at 866-721-7881.

Physical and Emotional Effects

When talking about healing, there are two sides of it: the physical side and the emotional side.  Just like any other medical procedure or surgery, there will be side effects afterwards. The most common ones are feeling nauseous, painful cramps, vomiting, and spotting or bleeding.  In rare cases, more serious complications such as infection can occur, which is why it’s important to keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor after the procedure.

While the physical side effects can be predicted, the emotional side effects cannot.  It’s a deeply personal and intense decision that affects everyone differently. Some may feel regret after an abortion, others may struggle with the circumstances that led to their decision, and still others may not feel anything at all for several years.  Post-abortion effects are much like grief; there is no timeline or expected series of events that you can prepare for.  However, there are a few things you can be assured of:

Healing Is a Journey

Healing from an abortion isn’t something that happens naturally.  Instead, it’s a journey that takes a conscious decision to start. Think of it like a wound that constantly throbs with pain if you touch it.  In order to help it heal, you’ll have to apply the medicine and bandage to it. The thought of the pain can be frightening and keep you from starting the healing journey, but if you don’t, the wound won’t get better and the pain will remain.  The same is true of healing from an abortion. It’s a process that requires you to revisit that part of your past that is causing you pain, but the pain is only momentary. There is freedom and healing from that pain, but it starts with facing the pain and realizing that the pain doesn’t define you.  By starting the healing journey, you remove the hold that the pain has over you and you find that you now have control over the pain and can start to move through it.

Healing Doesn’t Happen Alone

One of the most important things to know about the healing journey is this: you aren’t alone and don’t have to go through this journey alone.  As humans, we are designed to thrive when we are in community with others, and healing is no exception. The emotions surrounding post-abortion experiences are often intense and difficult to sort through.  They aren’t meant to be processed alone, and that is why H3Helpline exists. Our staff is comprised of women who have personally experienced abortion and know the pain you are facing. Our phones are open 24/7 and we are here to process your emotions and thoughts with you, as well as put you in contact with healing support groups and resources in your area to continue the healing process.

Healing Doesn’t Happen Overnight

As with any hurt or wound, healing doesn’t happen instantly.  That’s why we call it a healing journey.  And while the timeline is different for each woman, you can be sure of one thing: there is always peace at the end of the healing journey.  True healing isn’t something you just have to hope for; it’s something that is attainable for everyone. And while the memories may remain, they will no longer be like that sore wound.  The scar will remain, but if you allow it to remind you of what you’ve overcome, it can then become a source of peace, rather than sorrow.

Take the First Step

If you or someone you know is suffering from post-abortion effects, we encourage you to call H3Helpline today at 866-721-7881.  Our compassionate staff are always available to take your call and help you start your personal journey towards healing.  We are dedicated to always providing a safe place for you to process and ask questions with someone who has been where you once were and ensuring you are given the support and resources you need to not only heal, but to thrive.  Take the first step of the journey today with us.