While abortion providers often don’t mention the potential physical and emotional effects of abortion, there are certain risks. Get all the necessary information if you’re considering abortion for your unplanned pregnancy. You could experience anxiety, grief, depression, or worse afterward, so guard your mental health first.
How do Women Respond to an Abortion?
Every woman responds differently to her abortion experience. However, a study comparing data stated, “Abortion is consistently associated with elevated [higher] rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.”
This study also suggested that some women are at greater risk of mental health issues than others. It’s challenging to get accurate research because there are many variables, such as how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, the type of abortion she has, if someone is forcing her to have the abortion, her previous mental health, etc.
Who Is at the Greatest Risk for Mental Health Problems?
If you have had previous mental health problems, you are at a greater risk for post-abortion mental health issues. The pandemic, rise in crime, opioid use, and other factors have increased everyone’s anxiety.
According to the CDC, the percentage of adults seeking mental health treatment has risen significantly. It was highest among adults aged 18 – 44 in 2021. More than 42% of Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012) has received a mental health diagnosis. On average, women struggle with their mental health almost twice as much as men.
The most common diagnosis is anxiety, followed by depression. Some women experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following the termination of a pregnancy.
Will I Have Mental Health Issues After an Abortion?
Abortion is a serious mental and physical health decision. Although many women say they feel relief immediately following their abortions, some begin having feelings of anxiety and depression weeks, months, or even years later.
Where Can I Get Help?
It is essential to talk with your healthcare provider before considering abortion. You need your physical and mental health evaluated. A skilled medical professional can review your health history and offer suggestions.
At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we believe in keeping your health a top priority. Our trained medical staff can confirm your pregnancy with a no-cost lab-quality pregnancy test and, if necessary, provide you with a no-cost ultrasound.
An ultrasound confirms if your pregnancy is viable (growing), how far along you are, and its location. Afterward, we can review abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks. Get the answers you need before you take the next step.
Book a pre-abortion screening at one of our two locations. You’ll receive compassionate care because we are here for you.