Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Some women report feelings of loss, guilt, and sadness after their abortion. These feelings can occur right after the procedure or later down the road.

Some mental health effects of abortion can stick around for months or even years. If you’re considering the option of abortion for your unplanned pregnancy, here is what you want to know.

Mental Health Defined

Mental health is described by the Centers for Disease Control as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.”

Mental health effects caused by abortion can eventually have effects on your physical state as well. This is why addressing any mental health symptoms with a professional counselor is important.

Mental Health Side Effects of Abortion 

Psychotherapist Vincent Rue was one of the first people to introduce the connection between mental health issues and abortion. His study, “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress,” explained that…  

  • 60% reported that they felt “part of me died” after their abortions
  • 25% said they didn’t receive adequate counseling  
  • 64% said they felt pressured by others to abort 
  • 65% of U.S. women experienced multiple symptoms of PTSD (which they attributed to their abortions)

David Fergusson, a medical researcher and professor, conducted a study that discovered abortion was associated with increased levels of anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors. He concluded that women who had abortions also had higher rates of mental health problems than other women. 

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