You may experience a range of emotions after an abortion.
How you react will depend on:
- the circumstances of your abortion
- the reasons for having it
- how comfortable you feel about your decision
You may feel relieved or sad, or a mixture of both.
Most women will experience a range of emotions around the time of the decision and the abortion procedure.
Post-abortion counselling and support is available for free.
My Options is a HSE support service that provides free and confidential counselling. Experienced counsellors can provide counselling over the phone or they can refer you for face-to-face counselling.
The counselling service is open:
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm
- Saturday, 10am to 2pm
Your GP, family planning clinic or Well Woman clinic can also refer you to free face-to-face counselling services.
All counselling sessions are confidential. But there are special circumstances when a counsellor may have to share information.
This may be if they believe:
- you’re at risk of harm
- there is a child protection issue
- other people are at risk of harm