If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone! In fact, up to 50% of the pregnancies in the US are unplanned. It is normal to be experiencing a range of emotions such as fear, anxiety, confusion, etc.
As you are navigating your different options while also possibly riding an emotional roller coaster, it can be challenging to objectively weigh the pros and cons. However, make sure you are taking your mental health into consideration as you do your research. This article will cover some of the possible mental health risks associated with an abortion.
Psychological Side Effects of Abortion
While it’s a controversial topic, there are several studies that reveal the possibility for increased mental health issues for women after having an abortion. Not every woman experiences these effects immediately (some are experienced years later), but the side effects can be severe and are worth considering.
Some potential side effects after an abortion include:
These are not the only reported side-effects experienced by some women. According to a study conducted over the course of 25 years by medical researcher David Fergusson, women who have undergone an abortion are also likely to experience higher rates of anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors. Additionally, he found that a subset of the women experienced major depression.
Know Your Options
If you are considering an abortion as the most convenient option, make sure that you are pondering every aspect of the procedure, including some of the underreported mental health side effects listed above.
Two other options include parenting and adoption, which come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The more you do your research, the more equipped you will be to make the best decision possible.
At First Step Women’s Center, we offer medically-accurate information and a no-cost consultation where you can ask questions in a pressure-free environment. Contact us today to make an appointment!