For some women, abortion can cause negative mental health effects that can impact them for an extended period. Understanding how this procedure might affect your mental wellness is important if considering an abortion. Loss, sadness, and guilt are negative emotions that can be tied to abortion. Speak with a medical professional you trust to understand how abortion might affect you.

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” It continues to state mental health “affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.”

Since mental health is so important to our well-being, the joy we experience, and our daily decisions, it is vital to care for our mental wellness. Some signs that you may be suffering from a mental health condition include:

  • Becoming aggressive with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories
  • Hearing voices
  • Self-harm or thinking of harming others
  • Unable to do daily tasks

If you believe you may be experiencing negative mental health, reach out to a trusted person you feel comfortable talking to and seek the help you deserve.  

Does Abortion Impact Mental Wellness?

According to this study, the National Institute of Medicine found, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”

Furthermore, the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic agree some women do experience negative emotions linked to their abortions. Some of these feelings include:

  • Stress
  • Guilt
  • Loss
  • Sadness

If you are considering an abortion, speak to a qualified, trusted individual who can help you understand what type of impact this procedure may have on you.

Where Can I Go To Understand More?

Contact us today to receive answers on the mental health impacts abortion can have or if you’re struggling after having an abortion. 

We are here to help answer your questions and support you during your journey.