Abortion, like any other medical procedure, carries certain risks that should be considered first. Physical risks are often the primary concern, but it’s essential to recognize that abortion can also lead to adverse mental health effects.
Before deciding if abortion is right for you, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being by learning about the potential mental health outcomes.
What Exactly Is Mental Health?
Experts discuss mental health often, but not everyone knows how to define it.
The World Health Organization describes mental health as “a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life.” It is not just the absence of mental illness but an essential part of our overall health and well-being.
Our decisions influence our mental health and can impact both our emotional and physical well-being, highlighting the importance of prioritizing mental health equally with physical health.
Mental Health & Abortion
Researchers have proven that abortion can potentially impact a woman’s mental health. This study found::
- 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
- There are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion
In another study, medical researcher and professor David Fergusson discovered that women who had undergone abortions had higher rates of mental health issues than other women.
Fergusson’s report revealed that abortion was linked to increased risks of anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviors, emphasizing the need for careful consideration of the potential mental health impacts of the procedure.
While abortion may appear to be a convenient solution for an unplanned pregnancy, it’s crucial not to make the decision lightly.
Life Choices Center is here to support women who are navigating unexpected pregnancies. We offer a range of no-cost services, such as pregnancy testing and a referral for an onsite ultrasound. These services help to confirm a viable (developing) pregnancy and provide information to make informed decisions about your pregnancy options.
We are a safe place to discuss your situation and explore your options. Contact us today to schedule your confidential, no-cost appointment. We are here to serve you!