How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

Abortion comes with physical risks, but did you know it can affect you mentally as well? If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering an abortion, it’s essential to understand the potential mental health risks. 

Read on to learn more about how abortion might affect you mentally. Or, if you’re looking to speak with someone in person about your pregnancy choices, contact Relevant Pregnancy Options Center today to be connected with one of our caring team members. All appointments are free and confidential.

Mental Health Risks Associated with Abortion

While abortion might seem like an option that will end your pregnancy and allow you to move on, many women are overwhelmed with difficult emotions afterward.  

In a report by American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA), it was found that “some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.” 

Another study found that many women who had an abortion experienced “deep feelings of loss, existential concerns, and declines in quality of life. More specifically, common negatives included feelings about termination of a life, regret, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, compromised self-appraisals, and self-destructive behaviors.” 

While every woman is unique and will respond differently after abortion, it’s essential to understand these potential mental health effects before choosing abortion. It’s also important to consider the following questions:

  • Why do I want an abortion?
  • How might I feel if I get an abortion?
  • Is someone pressuring me to get one?
  • Do I understand all the potential risks? 

Answering these questions can give you a starting place to consider whether abortion is right for you.

Next Steps

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, speaking with someone about all your pregnancy options is the best way to ensure you can make a confident decision. At Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, a caring team is available to answer your questions and provide you with information in a non-judgmental, caring space. Contact us today—all appointments are free and confidential.

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