What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Many women are prepared for the physical effects an abortion can have on their bodies, but fewer anticipate the emotional toll. Terminating a pregnancy is a significant life event, and it is not uncommon for women to experience a range of emotions after the procedure. 

Abortion can affect every woman differently, and it is essential to know all the facts to make an informed decision about your next step. 

What Are The Emotional Effects?

As with any medical procedure, even if you plan to have a medication abortion, feelings of anxiety are quite common. But what other feelings should you anticipate? 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, common emotions women experience after an abortion can include:

  • 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

Studies report that some women begin feeling these emotions immediately following the abortion or over a more extended period.

What Is Depression?

Depression can be one of the more serious emotional side effects of abortion, and it’s essential to know the warning signs to find the help and support you need. Depression is a mental health and mood disorder. 

Often, people who experience depression 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
  • Loss of interest in activities that they previously enjoyed

How To Find Support

A good support system is critical, whether you’re considering the abortion pill or surgical abortion. 
Our pregnancy services are offered at no cost because we care deeply about you and your health. Abortion is a difficult decision. Our team is available to listen with respect and to provide support as you think about your future. Reach out to us today!

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