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What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Mental health is often left out of the conversation to anyone considering an abortion. Just terminating your pregnancy affects you physically; abortion can also affect your mental health, although its side effects are less predictable.

Each woman’s abortion experience is different, but read this article to learn more about the impact of an abortion procedure on mental health.

What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Abortion?

While experts on both sides of the conversation will argue about how much abortion impacts mental health, experts can agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”

Women who already struggle with mental health are especially at risk for negative psychological impacts after an abortion procedure.

What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?

While everyone’s experience is different, there is a growing amount of evidence to substantiate the idea that abortion and poor mental health are inextricably linked.

These symptoms can include:

Because of these possible symptoms, it is essential to consider your current mental health (as well as your personal history) and weigh it with the possibility of how an abortion procedure may impact your well-being, especially if you have struggled with mental health in the past.

Prioritize Your Health

Just as we try to eat the right kinds of foods or count our steps for our physical health, we should also be proactive and take care of our mental health.

Whether seeking professional counseling, trying new hobbies, or implementing new habits, try to minimize as much stress as possible when making your pregnancy decision to make the best choice for your mental health.

Positive Options is dedicated to providing a safe, confidential space to discuss what option might be best for you and learn about local resources.

If you have already had an abortion and are struggling with mental health, we also provide post-abortive care to help you find hope and healing.

Contact us today to make an appointment!



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