What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Abortion is a very personal choice for every woman who finds herself facing an unexpected pregnancy. Every woman in this position deserves to be armed with the facts, and one of the underrepresented aspects of abortion is how it can affect mental health, especially for women who are already struggling with anxiety or depression. 

Read this article for more information about the potential psychological consequences of abortion. 

Psychological Side Effects of Abortion

Some potential side effects after an abortion include: 

According to a study conducted over the course of 25 years by medical researcher David Fergusson, women who have undergone an abortion are also likely to experience higher rates of anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors. 

Not every woman will experience these symptoms immediately after an abortion, some even experience them years later, but it is important enough to share so that each woman can make her decision and be prepared.

Post-Abortive Care

If you have already had an abortion and are suffering from Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) symptoms such as grief, loss, etc., you should immediately seek help. The most important thing you can do right now is to realize that there is still hope and you are not alone on your journey. 

At New Hope Kentucky, we offer no-cost After Abortion Mentoring to help you find freedom and healing in your post-abortion recovery. Please contact us for compassionate and confidential help! 

Know Your Options

If you have not yet had an abortion, we recommend that you first schedule an ultrasound to confirm the viability of the pregnancy, eliminate the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, and confirm if your pregnancy is still early enough for a medical or surgical abortion. 

We offer no-cost ultrasounds to provide you with the medically accurate information you need to make a confident decision. Contact us today!