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What is ‘Mental Health?’ The term, ‘mental health’ can seem confusing at times as you have heard it talked about often. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shares that mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

Abortion comes with both mental and physical effects. As mental health affects how we think, feel, and act, it’s essential to get the help you need if experiencing major mental health decline after abortion. 

There is no shame in asking for support and resources. We at Women’s Care Medical Center can help.

Signs of Mental Health Affects

It’s essential to be aware of potential mental health effects as it affects more than just our psychological needs but also our physical health. The U.S. Department of Health’s website shares some of these, including:

  • Excessively sleeping or eating, or not doing either enough.
  • Isolating yourself from people and activities.
  • Have less energy.
  • Feeling empty, numb.
  • Unexplainable aches and pains.
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless.
  • Using drugs, including drinking or smoking more often.
  • Feeling confused, forgetful, on edge, upset, worried, or scared.
  • Becoming upset with family and friends.
  • Having severe mood swings.
  • Having constant thoughts that are difficult to push out of your mind.
  • Inability to do daily tasks.

Mental Health Effects After Abortion

The National Library of Medicine, states “…abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.” The Cleveland Clinic shares that while women may experience some relief, it can be followed by…

  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Guilt

These emotions and mental health effects of abortion can be difficult to navigate alone. You don’t have to overcome them alone! 

Our compassionate team at Women’s Care Medical Center is here to support you in your time of need. Whether you need after-abortion counseling or other care, we are here for you.

Schedule a free and confidential appointment today to talk. We can support you in finding the answers and support you need to recover and move forward.

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