There are mental health effects caused by abortion that may change the way you think about this option. It’s important to understand these risks before making up your mind. You deserve the facts.
Maybe you’re facing mental health effects like depression, grief, or anxiety after an abortion. You are not alone. Research reveals that women experiencing abortion are at risk of experiencing mental health disorders, including:
- Substance use disorder
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Mental Health & Abortion
A recent mental health and abortion study shares the following conclusions from observing women and their mental health after an abortion:
- Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion
- The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women
- There are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at the greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion
Some women experience post-abortion stress, which can come with intense feelings of guilt, sadness, shame, and grief after an abortion. These types of feelings may appear immediately after an abortion, or the effects may not be felt for months or even years later.
Still Considering Your Options?
Before making up your mind regarding your pregnancy decision, confirm your pregnancy to protect your health.
An ultrasound reveals key information, including how far along you are in your pregnancy, which is necessary before getting an abortion. It also confirms the location of your pregnancy, which is important for ruling out a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.