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There are mixed opinions on how much an abortion can affect a woman’s mental health. Still, many experts on both sides of the aisle can agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”

While the severity of these mental health effects differs between individuals, women deserve to be aware of the potential association between abortion and their well-being.

What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Abortion?

Some say there is no correlation between mental health and abortion, but increasing reports suggest otherwise. The adverse emotional effects of abortion are especially true if a woman already struggles with mental health issues and has an abortion. 

In a study that included data from 877,000 women, including 164,000 who had an abortion, the analysts found that women who had an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems. 

What Do Some Women Experience After an Abortion?

It varies from woman to woman, but the scope of post-abortion mental health problems can range from feelings of prolonged grief to even PTSD symptoms.

Other symptoms can include: 

Because of these possible symptoms, taking your mental health history and current mental state into consideration as you evaluate what is best for you is essential. 

Prioritize Your Health

We often prioritize physical health, but psychological health is just as important and should be a critical factor in your pregnancy decision. 

Your mental health is important now, whether before or after your pregnancy, so make sure you take time to do things that minimize your stress. 

Whether drawing boundaries, finding a support system, or saying yes to fewer non-essential commitments, make sure you are as mentally healthy as possible when making your pregnancy decision.

At Hope First, we are dedicated to providing a safe, confidential space for you to process your decision and discuss your health questions and concerns. 

If you have already had an abortion and are struggling with your mental health, we also provide post-abortive care to help you find hope and healing.

Contact us today to make an appointment!

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