Studies shared in this blog show how women are affected mentally after abortion, struggling with things like anxiety, depression, and alcohol or drug dependence. If you’re thinking of abortion after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant, be sure to consider the risks.
The Mental Effects of Abortion
An article published in the National Library of Medicine reviewed multiple studies, which revealed the following:
- Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.
- The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.
- Risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after abortion.
An article, Psychiatric complications of abortion, reveals that “no research study has found that induced abortion is associated with a better mental health outcome.” This study also shares the following as possible emotional effects of abortion:
- Alcohol or illegal drug dependence
- Mood disorders (including depression)
- Anxiety disorders
Maybe you’ve already gone through an abortion. It may have been weeks or even years ago, but you find yourself suffering from the after effects. There is hope and healing available. We offer an 8-week course that can guide you in finding the healing you need. For more information, please call us today at 480-374-2994. We’re here to listen.
Get Greater Clarity
Not only does abortion have mental effects, but also physical risks and side effects to consider. If you are going back and forth between your pregnancy options, including abortion, talk in a safe and confidential space today.
Contact us to learn more about the risks of abortion and how to safeguard your health before making a pregnancy decision. The decision is completely up to you, and we’re here to answer your questions along the way. You are not alone!