There is a lot of information about the physical effects of abortion, but the mental health effects on women are often overlooked. Before considering abortion, it’s essential to process how deeply the emotional impact and risks could affect your well-being.

If you’d like to talk with someone face-to-face, schedule a free and confidential appointment with Heartbeats. Our experienced team can get you all the facts, answer any of your questions, and assist you with your pregnancy options.

Emotional Impact & Factors

Women can experience a range of emotions after abortion. 

In the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, many women report that having an abortion caused psychological effects, including feelings of:

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

Various factors can increase your chances of developing mental health issues after an abortion. These factors include:

  • Having a history of mental health disorders 
  • Having cultural or religious belief systems that conflict with abortion
  • Lacking a support system to help you recover emotionally from the abortion
  • A desire to have children now or in the future

Elevated Risks

Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion. This risk can be compounded if a woman feels pressure to get an abortion.

Studies found that women were at an elevated risk for:

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

Safeguarding Your Mental Health

While navigating complex emotions during an unexpected pregnancy may seem challenging, there are some simple ways to manage and work through them effectively.

Seek support, whether that be from friends, family, or your partner. Having a strong support network can provide emotional comfort and practical assistance. 

Get educated about abortion procedures. Now that you know its mental effects, look up its physical effects. Understanding the process can help alleviate anxiety and fear of the unknown. 

You don’t have to do this by yourself. At Heartbeats, we can help inform you about abortion and also give you key details you need to know about your pregnancy. 

Get free pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to learn how far along you are, the location of the pregnancy (if it’s growing within your uterus or not), and confirm viability. This information is crucial to learn your available options. 

Contact us today to get started.