According to the Mayo Clinic, many women experience mixed emotions after an abortion, including loss, sadness, relief, and guilt. If you are considering an abortion, exploring all aspects of your situation and future possibilities can help you make an informed choice.
Does Abortion Cause Mental Health Problems?
Experts have different opinions about whether abortions directly cause mental health problems. However, when looking at multiple studies, researchers generally agree that abortion is related to higher rates of mental illness when compared to women that have not had abortions.
Do Women Experience Mental Health Problems After Abortion?
The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion notes that some women “experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety” following the termination of a pregnancy.
The Mayo Clinic says it is likely you’ll experience a wide range of feelings after an abortion. For some women, the negative feelings become a problem, and the Mayo Clinic recommends seeking a counselor to help.
Everyone is different, so it’s important to consider how an abortion might impact your mental health.
How Can I Manage My Risks?
There are some risk factors for mental health problems after an abortion. Even if you don’t think you’re at risk, talking with a trusted source can help you manage your situation and feel empowered about your decision.
Risk Factors Include:
- Feeling pressured by others to have an abortion
- Feeling unsupported
- Inadequate pre-abortion counseling
Tips for Making A Major Decision
The Mayo Clinic says it like this: “Having [an abortion] is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives.”
Free and Confidential Services in Glenwood Springs, CO
Our lay counselors provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to process your feelings and questions about abortion and mental health.
Your health matters, and we’re here to listen.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment at no cost to you.