In multiple studies, women have reported feelings of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns after having an abortion. While these mental health effects can be a controversial topic, women deserve to be aware of the potential association between abortion and their well-being.
What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Abortion?
Each experience is different for each woman. However, women who already have negative mental health may be especially at risk for negative psychological impacts if they undergo an abortion procedure.
Many experts on both sides of the aisle can agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”
What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?
Multiple studies suggest that some women’s mental health suffers after an abortion. The scope of mental health concerns can range from feelings of grief or loss, depression, or even PTSD-related symptoms.
Other symptoms can include:
In a study that included data of 877,000 women, including 164,000 who had an abortion, the analysts found that women who had an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems.
Because of this, it’s important to be aware of your current mental state when considering an abortion procedure.
Prioritize Your Health
Your mental health is just as important as other aspects of your well-being, so it’s important to factor this into your decision-making. As you are doing your research and evaluating your options, make sure that no one is pressuring you and that you prioritize your self-care during times of stress.
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