How Can I Recover Emotionally After an Abortion?

What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Those who have an abortion may struggle with mental health impacts that are difficult to live with. Some may experience negative emotions such as loss, sadness, and guilt. Understanding what this procedure could mean for your mental health before undergoing an abortion is important to help protect your wellness.

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health encompasses “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” When we are experiencing positive mental health, we can:

  • Realize our full potential.
  • Cope with the stresses of life.
  • Work productively.
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Our mental wellness should always be cared for so we can continue living happily and feel fulfilled. Early warning signs of mental health problems surfacing are:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities.
  • Having low or no energy.
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters.
  • Having unexplained aches and pains.
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless.
  • Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual.
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared.

Anyone who believes they may be struggling with a mental health problem or have difficulty maintaining a healthy mental wellness should seek professional help immediately. You deserve to feel complete and happy.  

What Are The Mental Effects of Abortion?

Both the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic agree that women who have an abortion can experience feelings of:

  • Stress
  • Guilt
  • Loss
  • Sadness

This National Library of Medicine study also mentioned “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”

Speaking with a professional about what an abortion procedure might mean for you mentally is important. Your health deserves to be protected!

Who Can I Speak With?

Contact us if you have questions regarding your options and discuss your lingering concerns. All appointments are free and confidential. We’re here to provide you with medically accurate facts you can rely on, so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.