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What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

What Are the Mental Health Effects of Abortion?

Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be a time of fear and uncertainty in a woman’s life. She may wonder what her options are and consider abortion. 

Following an abortion, a woman may experience mental health issues, such as depression. It is common to feel this way, and it’s important to remember that you deserve help and healing. 

What Might I Experience After Abortion?

According to the National Library of Medicine, after an abortion, a woman may develop feelings of:

  • Loss 
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness 
  • Depression

Some women may experience these feelings soon after an abortion, while others may develop symptoms of mental health issues months or even years after having one. Every woman is different, and her abortion experience is unique to her. Your feelings are valid. 

How Does Depression Affect Me?

Abortion procedures can cause a variety of mental health issues. Sometimes these symptoms are severe, while others may be mild. Some women experience depression after an abortion, which also varies in severity.

Women who are depressed may experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in doing activities
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, etc. 
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Anxiety, restlessness
  • Trouble thinking, remembering things, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It’s vital that you’re taking care of yourself following an abortion, especially if you are struggling with a mental illness such as depression. Things that you can do to help yourself heal include:

  • Speaking with a trusted professional
  • Eating well and exercising daily
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Considering meditation 
  • Engaging in deep breathing techniques

Where Can I Go?

If you are struggling emotionally after an abortion and want to speak with someone, consider contacting the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic. We can offer a listening ear and the emotional support you may be seeking. 

Speak with us today to make an appointment. We’re here for you!