Many women consider the physical risks when it comes to abortion, but have you considered the mental risks? Some common effects of abortion include anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
Before an abortion, it’s important to consider these potential side effects of abortion and decide if these outcomes are worth the risk for you.
First, What Is Mental Health?
The World Health Organization describes mental health 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.”
Abortion can take a toll on a woman’s emotional well-being and potentially have long-lasting effects on mental health if not addressed. Mental health effects that are not worked through could even affect physical health.
Common Mental Health Effects
According to this study, the National Institute of Medicine shared, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
The Mayo Clinic shares that women do experience negative emotions that are linked to their abortions. These feelings include:
Talk to a qualified and trusted professional who can help you understand what type of impact this procedure may have on your future.
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