What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

There’s a lot of information on the physical health risks of an abortion. What often goes undiscussed is how an abortion can affect your mental health. Unlike most medical procedures, the emotional weight of going through one can affect you days, weeks, or even years later.

We’ll discuss some mental health effects, but to get a full scope, talk with us at Safe Harbor Women’s Medical Clinic. We’re here to arm you with all the facts about the physical and emotional risks of abortion, as well as provide you with no-cost pregnancy services. Reach out to us today.

Keep reading to learn more about the mental health risks of an abortion.

Common Emotional Responses To Abortion

Even under the most ideal circumstances, the complexities of abortion are such that many women report having one caused psychological effects, including feelings of:

  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Regret
  • Self-hatred
  • Worthlessness 
  • Low self-esteem 

Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is the name given to the mental effects of an abortion and is a type of PTSD. Common PTSD symptoms, like numbness, anxiety, and flashbacks, are also frequent since abortions are surgeries often done while the patient is awake, which can be distressing. 

In severe cases, PTSD from a difficult abortion may lead to suicidal thoughts or actions, requiring immediate attention. It’s important to understand that while this isn’t a typical symptom of PASS, it is possible.

Increased Risks

If you felt pressured into an abortion or you have a history of mental health issues already, you’re at an elevated risk for more emotional distress.

Studies found that women were at an elevated risk for:

  • Grief
  • Depressive disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Substance abuse

Before You Seek An Abortion

It’s critical to think not only of your physical health but also your emotional well-being. If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, getting fully informed is one of the best ways to safeguard your health.

Safe Harbor Women’s Clinic is here to provide you with a safe, caring, compassionate, and confidential environment where you can receive essential pregnancy services at no cost. 

Contact us to make an appointment.