I Don’t Feel Like Connecting with my Partner Post-Abortion.

Are you feeling disconnected from your partner after a difficult abortion experience?  Maybe this isn’t a challenge that either of you anticipated.  The possibility of post-abortion stress doesn’t always come up in conversations during a woman’s pregnancy decision-making process.  But, sadly, this is a common experience.  Relationship tension can naturally stem from symptoms of post-abortion stress (like emotional numbness, feelings of guilt, sorrow, or anger).  Troubled relationships and withdrawing tendencies can sometimes be direct results of an emotionally painful abortion experience, too.  If the title of this blog resonates with you, chances are, you’re feeling exhausted and discouraged today.  Know that you’re not alone.  Restore After Abortion is here for you.

Restore is a post-abortion recovery program that’s been helping individuals from Chicagoland and beyond for over 20 years.  We’re passionate about helping people find emotional healing and discover purpose after a difficult abortion experience. 

Reach out to learn more!  We offer virtual and in-person appointments. 

It’s possible to experience a broad range of stress indicators after an abortion, regardless of age or when the termination took place.  Every individual’s post-abortion journey is unique.  If you think you may be one of the many who struggles with post-abortion stress, chances are, your closest relationships have been impacted as a result.  Perhaps there’s been a loss of intimacy between you and your partner, emotionally or sexually.  Your feelings toward him may be especially complex if the two of you weren’t on the same page about the abortion decision.

Don’t give up hope for yourself, your partner, or your relationship.  It’s completely possible to re-strengthen the bond you’ve built.  A good first step may be to open a dialogue about the unexpected pregnancy, the abortion, and your lives since then.  Choose a time when you’re both calm and able to have an unhurried conversation.  Pick a space that’s private and comfortable.  Expressing how you feel with transparency and respect, and allowing him to do the same, could make a huge difference.  Set aside times to engage in fun activities and just enjoy each other too.  We all need moments of respite from the challenges of life!  Throughout this process, it would be highly beneficial to look for caring and trustworthy people who can support you, both individually and as a couple.

Restore is an excellent resource for anyone who’s been through a hard abortion experience and is looking for one-on-one or group-oriented emotional support.  Our highly-trained leaders are here to process your past and present experiences by your side, and help you lean into a positive future.  We believe that discovering healing within yourself will equip you to promote healing within your valued relationships as well. 

Reach out to ask us your questions and schedule an initial consultation!