What are the Mental Health Effects from Abortion?

What are the Mental Health Effects from Abortion?

According to The Mayo Clinic, “about twice as many women as men experience depression.” Are mental health effects on women from abortion real? How does abortion affect women? The topic of abortion has been a topic of debate in America for decades. You may have heard competing opinions on this topic. You deserve to know the facts. 

We want to share with you studies that share current statistics of women who have had abortions. Here are real facts and information about the mental health effects of abortion so you feel empowered to make an informed decision. Learn more about the option of abortion at First Coast Women’s Services today.

Are Women Affected by Abortion Mentally?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) shared that women with a history of abortion experience “elevated rates of mental illness” compared to women who have never had an abortion.

Many women already struggle with mental health, long before their abortion, and are at a greater risk for mental effects after abortion. It’s not abnormal to experience a range of negative emotions after abortion and many women struggle with mental challenges.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, common negative feelings include:

  • Guilt/shame
  • Anger
  • Remorse/regret
  • Sleep problems and bad dreams
  • Relationship problems
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of self-esteem or self-confidence
  • Feelings of isolation/loneliness

The NIH states, “fetal loss seems to expose women to a higher risk for mental disorders than childbirth; some studies show that abortion can be considered a more relevant risk factor than miscarriage.” 

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA) concluded that “it is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.” 

Are You Thinking of Abortion?

These facts of the mental health effects abortion have on women are something to consider. If you are exploring the option of abortion, take your time to think it through and learn about all your pregnancy options. You are not alone.

Talk to our team today to get more clarity and information about abortion. If you haven’t already, confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound at no cost to you.

Schedule your free and confidential appointment to talk.