What Are The Mental Health Effects Of Abortion?

Many women are aware that abortions can cause certain physical side effects. Nausea from the abortion pill. Prolonged bleeding following a surgical abortion. But did you know that abortions can also impact your mental health? 

In a 2018 report conducted by the American Psychological Association, researchers found that a percentage of women experienced feelings of grief, sadness, and loss following their abortion procedures. 

Other experts found this link between post-abortive women and mental health so significant that they began screening women for certain risk factors before moving forward with any termination procedures. 

Could This Be Your Experience?

Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant can be devastating. Even if you are leaning towards abortion, it is best to fully prepare for the all side effects you may experience. Some women report feelings of relief following their abortions, however other women report feelings such as: 

– 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

A Closer Look

If you have a history of mental or mood disorders, research shows you may be at higher risk to experience significant effects such as depression and anxiety following an abortion.

Depression can affect you mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to know the signs of depression so you can seek professional help should you need it. 

Signs and Symptoms Of Depression

People who experience depression often report feelings that include: 

– Feeling low or sad

– Having difficulty thinking, focusing, and making decisions

– Feeling irritable

– Lacking energy

– Sleeping too much or too little

– Loss of interest in sex

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We understand if you’re feeling alone and isolated. Our Woman to Woman staff speaks with women every day who feel as you do. We offer a variety of unique, personalized services not typically found at women’s centers and doctor offices to meet the needs of your circumstances.

Before you commit to anything, contact our Center today at 972-636-4460 and discover the best path forward for your future. Because you’re worth it.