If you are considering an abortion, it’s essential to understand all aspects of this decision. While it is a medical procedure, mental health is often left out of the conversation when considering an abortion.
Read this article to understand more about the connection between abortion and mental health.
What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?
While there are experts on both sides of the debate, they can agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”
While everyone’s experience is different, there is a growing amount of evidence to substantiate the idea that abortion and poor mental health are inextricably linked; such women who already struggle with mental health are especially at risk for negative psychological impacts after an abortion procedure.
These symptoms can include:
- Substance abuse disorders
- Suicidal behavior
Because of these possible symptoms, it is essential to consider your current mental health (as well as your personal history) and weigh it with the possibility of how an abortion procedure may impact your well-being, especially if you have struggled with mental health in the past.
Prioritize Your Health
Just as we try to eat the right kinds of foods or count our steps for our physical health, we should also be proactive and take care of our mental health.
Whether seeking professional counseling, implementing healthy habits, or surrounding yourself with a strong support system, try to minimize as much stress as possible.
Minimizing stress can help you evaluate your options and make an informed choice when considering what’s best for your mental health.
Schedule an Appointment
Hope Women’s Center offers no-cost and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasound services to help you make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
If you need a safe, supportive environment for processing your choices, learning about local resources, or all your options, we also offer options consultations.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment!