Abortion is a procedure that terminates your pregnancy, and it comes with physical risks, like potentially life-threatening infections and prolonged bleeding. But did you know it comes with mental health risks as well?

According to a study that looked into the link between abortion and mental health complications, it’s clear that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.” 

While every woman’s abortion experience and reaction is unique, if you’re considering abortion, it’s critical to learn all you can about how it might affect your mental health to make the best decision for you.

This article will highlight the risk factors for experiencing mental health complications after an abortion. However, if you want to talk to someone about abortion or learn more about your pregnancy options, contact 1st Way Pregnancy Support Center today. 

Risk Factors for Experiencing Mental Health Complications After an Abortion

While any woman can experience a mental health complication after abortion, certain risk factors make you more likely to face one. These risk factors include:

  • Feeling pressured into an abortion
  • Having pre existing mental health conditions
  • Having moral beliefs that conflict with abortion

How Can I Protect My Mental Health

Learning all you can about your pregnancy options—which include parenting, adoption, and abortion—helps protect your mental health. Thinking through these options ensures you’re making your own decision without feeling pressured into one choice over another.

Ask yourself the following questions to help evaluate your feelings and why. Your answers will help you make the best decision for you:

  • What questions do I have about abortion? Adoption? Parenting?
  • How might I feel if I choose abortion? Adoption? Parenting? 
  • Is anyone making me feel pressured into abortion or another pregnancy decision? 
  • Do I have any moral beliefs that conflict with abortion?
  • Do I have any preexisting mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression? Have I talked to a healthcare professional or counselor about my mental health and pregnancy?

Next Steps

While thinking through your options is a solid first step for protecting your mental health, often, it can be beneficial to talk through your choices with someone who understands. 

At 1st Way Pregnancy Support Center, we’re here to help. We offer a safe, supportive space where you can learn more about your options and ask questions. All appointments and services are free and confidential. Contact us today to get started.