What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Some women find that after having an elective abortion, they begin struggling with mental health conditions that affect their quality of life. Some of these emotions can include:

  • Guilt
  • Loss
  • Sadness

If you are struggling with difficulty processing emotions or are not feeling yourself after having an abortion, we encourage you to speak with someone right away. You deserve more.

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health is the well-being of our psychological and emotional states. Or, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Mental health includes 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 choices.”

Since this aspect of our well-being profoundly contributes to our overall and day-to-day happiness, it’s vital to ensure we take great care to protect and support our mental health.  

What Impacts Can Abortion Have On Mental Health?

The Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic agree that the impacts of abortion can include painful or concerning emotions to surface for women. Some of these feelings include:

  • Stress
  • Guilt
  • Loss
  • Sadness

The National Institute of Medicine also published a study that states, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”

Anyone considering abortion should take precautionary steps and speak with a professional about the risks to their mental and physical health first.

By gaining insight into all the risks, you can help protect your health and well-being and make an informed decision that’s right for you.  

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