Self-determined abortion

For some, the time after a self-determined abortion may be as expected, while for others, it may be quite different. It is common to experience many different emotions, such as relief, anger, remorse, sadness, uncertainty and grief. These feelings may arise right away, or long after. Nor is it uncommon to have many different emotions at the same time, which may feel confusing.

At Amathea, many of our clients find it helpful and important to have someone to talk to afterwards, to get answers to questions, sort out thoughts and feelings, and to process the experience. This can help them understand their own reactions or feelings afterwards, which is important for processing the experience and the time ahead.

Some people may feel the need to talk to someone, either alone, or together with a partner or co-parent. Others may feel a greater need for information and answers to questions.

It isn’t always easy to know what you need in such a situation. It is not uncommon to experience many different emotions, including joy, uncertainty, doubt, hope, fear or worry.

During our sessions, we find that the following topics are fairly common: 

  • Your situation at the moment
  • Uncertainty
  • Relationship with a partner/the co-parent
  • Relationship with your family
  • Your physical and mental health
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Social or cultural pressure
  • Thoughts about the future

Our focus, in dialogue with you, is on giving you the time and opportunity to talk about whatever you feel is important to you. This is meant to be a safe place, where you can speak openly without worries of what might be right or wrong.

Do you need someone to talk to? 
At Amathea, you will meet healthcare professionals with extensive experience in helping people who are considering an abortion. We are a neutral healthcare service, have a duty of confidentiality, and can help you in your situation and in making your decision. You may come alone or together with your partner or co-parent.

All of our services are free of charge. We offer sessions in Norwegian and English. We can also book interpreters for other languages. A session here lasts about an hour, and you can talk with us on video, by phone, or at one of our offices. You decide how many sessions you need, and we will schedule these together.