What Are The Mental Health Effects Of Abortion?

What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion

Did you know abortion can impact women’s mental wellness? It is a lesser talked about complication, but research has shown that some women may be at higher risk of experiencing anxiety or depression following an abortion procedure.

For those experiencing an unwanted pregnancy, it is important to understand the mental effects of an abortion in order to make an informed decision. Here’s a breakdown of complications to be aware of before proceeding with an abortion.

What Are The Mental Health Effects Of An Abortion?

While it is impossible for research to define the extent to which an abortion affects women’s mental health, scientists have concluded that abortion is associated with elevated rates of mental illness post-procedure.

Women with pre-existing mental illnesses or who have struggled with mental illness in the past are most at risk for health complications following an abortion. Mental health impacts following an abortion can include: 

  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Remorse or regret
  • Loss of self-esteem or self-confidence
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Sleep problems and bad dreams
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression or thoughts of suicide

Finding a strong community of support is one of the best things a woman can do before proceeding with an abortion. It’s common to want to keep an accidental pregnancy a secret, but having others take the journey with you can be comforting. 

Looking For Wellness Advocates?

At Options Medical Clinic, our goal is to equip women to feel confident in their pregnancy decisions. We offer a variety of services, including pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, decision-support, and education classes, all free to you in a calm and caring atmosphere.

You don’t have to walk this unexpected journey alone. To schedule an appointment, simply text 770.874.2031. Your future matters. Let us help you discover the best path forward for you and your partner.