Are you considering an abortion after finding out you’re pregnant? No matter what you decide, know that you are not alone. As mental health affects every other area of your life, you may want to know the real mental health risks of abortion. 

While every woman’s experience is different, a study shared that abortion is associated with increased rates of mental illness and the procedure can be directly linked to mental health problems for some women. 

Understand the Risks

Mental health is defined by WHO as “a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community.” According to studies, an abortion experience can leave some women at an increased risk of the following:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal behaviors

The National Library of Medicine also lists the following as possible feelings after an abortion:

  • Loss 
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness 
  • Depression

It’s important to consider these risks before an abortion decision. Talk to a professional counselor beforehand to talk through your thought process and feelings regarding your pregnancy. Processing your emotions with someone can help you better weigh your options. You may want to consider joining a post-abortion support group to meet women who have experienced the same struggles you have.   

Safeguard Your Health

Before an abortion or making any pregnancy decision, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy details to determine if your pregnancy is healthy and if you’re eligible for abortion. We offer our pregnancy confirmation services at no cost, and we never profit from your decisions. 

Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment to learn more about abortion and your pregnancy options. Get as much information as possible to make an informed and empowered choice.

QC PRC does not perform, recommend, or refer for abortion.