Choosing to have an abortion is a major physical and emotional decision. It can be life-changing, and you can struggle with negative emotions within weeks, months, or years afterward. There is healing and hope after your abortion. Contact us to find out how we can help you.
You Are Not Alone
Although no conclusive studies show that abortion affects a woman’s mental health, experts agree it’s challenging to study. Researchers must consider the length of a woman’s pregnancy at the time of the abortion, the method used, and her reason for choosing abortion. Some women are pressured to have an abortion, while others are confident it’s the right choice.
A study reported by the National Library of Medicine states, “Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.” And “the abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.”
If you find yourself struggling emotionally, you are not alone. Post-abortion emotional and psychological issues are real, and your feelings are valid.
Emotional Effects of Abortion
Many women feel relieved immediately following their abortion. However, as time passes, some women feel sadness, grief, loss, depression, and anxiety after abortion.
Several years ago, the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (TFMHA) listed some risk factors associated with mental health problems following an abortion:
- Perceived pressure from others to terminate a pregnancy
- Terminating a pregnancy that is wanted or meaningful
- Perceived opposition to the abortion from partners, family, or friends
- Lack of perceived social support from others
- Feelings of stigma; the perceived need for secrecy
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression can result in some of the following symptoms:
- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities
- Sleep disturbances
- Tiredness and lack of energy
How We Can Help You
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, we offer confidential, compassionate support groups to help women work through these feelings. There is hope and healing, and we can guide you through the process of finding emotional peace.
Schedule an appointment with us today. We are a safe place to share your experience and receive the help you need. Talk with us about your abortion experience and the struggles you are currently dealing with.
Don’t let another minute go by without receiving emotional and psychological assistance. We are here for you.