How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

Women have diverse reasons for seeking abortions, and their emotional responses vary greatly. Nevertheless, it is common for some women to experience adverse emotional reactions either shortly after an abortion procedure or even years later. 

While abortion providers often present abortion as a convenient option, it is essential to acknowledge its potential impact on mental and physical health to make a fully informed decision.

What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Abortion?

According to the Mayo Clinic, abortion is acknowledged as a “significant decision with emotional and psychological consequences,” although the magnitude of abortion’s emotional impact depends on the person. 

The impact of abortion on mental health is often under-discussed with women considering the procedure for the first time.

Opinions on the direct connection between abortion and women’s mental health are divided. Still, a growing number of reports and studies on the topic are showing that for at least some women, abortion can cause mental health issues.

What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?

Just like any medical procedure can have physical effects, it’s logical to recognize that it can also impact a woman’s mental well-being. 

One study consistently found that women who had undergone abortions had higher rates of mental illness compared to those without a history of abortion. The study identified the experience of abortion itself as a direct contributor to mental health problems for at least some women. 

Another study conducted by medical researcher and professor David Fergusson demonstrated that women who had undergone abortions had elevated rates of mental health problems compared to other women. 

Specifically, the study highlighted increased risks of anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviors associated with abortion. These findings emphasize the importance of carefully considering the potential impact on mental health when contemplating the procedure.

Pre-Abortion Consultation

Although Crossroads Women’s Center does not provide or refer for abortion, we offer women support through various pregnancy services, including ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, at no cost. 

An ultrasound is vital when considering abortion. It reveals how far along you are in your pregnancy (which determines your abortion procedure), the pregnancy’s location, and if it is viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat). Research estimates that 26% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage, making an abortion unnecessary.

Our welcoming and non-judgmental space is here for you to explore your options and get answers to your questions. We offer medically accurate information to help you feel confident and prepared for this journey. Contact us today to make an appointment!