Are you considering abortion but are concerned about the potential mental health effects? If you already struggle with mental health, you know how difficult it can be to live with these struggles.
A study shared that for some women, abortion “caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated” their mental health significantly. It revealed that right after the abortion, women felt relief but later struggled with feelings of grief, sadness, and anxiety.
Though some women don’t feel anything after an abortion initially, it could take them by surprise months or years later. Common mental health issues after such a serious medical procedure as abortion include:
- Relationship problems
- Substance misuse
- Thoughts of suicide
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Why Mental Health Matters
The CDC’s definition of mental health is “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.”
Mental health has the power to dictate how you feel and how you do everyday life. If you already had mental health struggles before, an abortion could amplify them and create even more challenges mentally.
Steps to Consider Before Abortion
Before going through with such a serious decision, you owe it to yourself to know the facts about your pregnancy and your options. We can help with both.
Get a free pregnancy test at our center to begin, as well as an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy details. Contact us to schedule your free appointment for pregnancy confirmation services to understand where your potential pregnancy stands.
Our caring team at Resources for Women is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information on pregnancy options and community resources available. We’re here to listen to your unique situation and help support you along your journey. You are not alone!