How will abortion affect me mentally?

Abortion is a permanent decision that terminates a pregnancy. While some women feel immediate relief after an abortion, others feel difficult emotions days, weeks, months, or even years later. 

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering an abortion, know how you could be affected mentally to make the best decision for yourself. 

Possible Mental Health Effects

Studies have increased recently regarding the potential link between adverse mental health outcomes and abortion. According to a report by American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA), “It is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.” 

In particular, another study found that many women who underwent an abortion had “deep feelings of loss, existential concerns, and declines in quality of life. More specifically, common negatives included feelings about termination of a life, regret, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, compromised self-appraisals, and self-destructive behaviors.” 

Every woman’s emotional response to abortion is unique and depends on many factors. This is why it’s vital to consider all the angles and arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before deciding to have an abortion. 

Next Steps

Getting an ultrasound is the most crucial first step to protect your health if you are pregnant. No matter your choice about your pregnancy, an ultrasound can reveal critical details that will ensure you’re safe going forward. 

Receiving options counseling is another crucial step. With options counseling, you can talk to a trusted source regarding your choices for your pregnancy and the potential implications these choices might have on your life. These choices include parenting, adoption, or abortion. 

You’re Not Alone

At Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center, we understand what you’re going through and are here for you. We offer no-cost pregnancy resources, like limited ultrasounds, to help you feel empowered and supported to make the best decision. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment. 

Difficult Pathways often lead to Beautiful Destinations.