Are you worried about the potential mental effects of abortion? Mental health is defined as “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.”

If your mental health is struggling, then most likely, many things in life feel out of order. Abortion has been shown to affect women’s mental health and could be even more severe for women who had previous mental health struggles before abortion.

Mental Health & Abortion

Mental health and abortion are connected. A study concluded that for at least some women, their abortion “caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated” their mental health significantly. In this study, immediately following the abortion, women said they felt relief. 

There may be relief, but grief, sadness, and anxiety affect other women. Some women experienced mental health problems months and even years later.

Some other mental health issues that women associate with their abortion include the following:

  • Relationship problems
  • Substance misuse
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD)

You could even experience one of these emotional side effects:

  • Isolation
  • Guilt
  • Emotional pain
  • Nightmares
  • Anger or rage
  • Self-destructive behavior

Are You Experiencing This Struggle?

If you’ve already gone through an abortion and are struggling with your mental health, help is available. Schedule an appointment or call or text 203.978.3771 today to learn how we can help you recover from abortion. 

If you are considering abortion and want to learn more about the potential risks, start with pregnancy confirmation at our center at no cost to you. Contact us to schedule a free and confidential appointment. 

We know this road isn’t easy, but you are not alone— take one step at a time.