If you are considering an abortion, it’s essential to know that the mental health risks associated with abortion should be taken just as seriously as the physical health risks. 

While every woman responds differently, abortion can cause a variety of emotions, and it can be challenging to predict the impact an abortion may have on your mental health. 

While some effects can be temporary, other women may develop mental health disorders that can be long-term. Read on to learn more about these risks and factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a mental health disorder.

Mental Health Risks After an Abortion

Studies have shown that some post-abortive women have an increased rate of mental health issues compared to those who have not had an abortion. 

Mental health issues may include:

  • Grief 
  • Depression disorders 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Anxiety 
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal behaviors 
  • Substance abuse 

While the mental health effects can be experienced immediately following an abortion, it is also possible for these women to experience negative mental health outcomes later in life. 

According to some mental health professionals, mental health disorders that manifest themselves after an abortion procedure can be a sign of a type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called post-abortion stress syndrome, also known as PASS. 

A woman is at higher risk for developing PASS if she:

  • Feels pressured to abort 
  • Has conflicting maternal desires and moral beliefs 
  • Has inadequate pre-abortion counseling 
  • Has pre-existing mental health issues 
  • Lacks social support 
  • Has had a previous pregnancy loss 

Pre-Abortion Consultation

For the sake of your health, it’s essential to take the time to understand all of the physical and mental health risks associated with abortion before you decide what the next best step is for you. 

You deserve to know all the information about abortion and all the options available to you so that you can make the best decision for your health. 

Make an appointment today at Lilli Women’s Center to learn more about your pregnancy and discuss the risks associated with abortion. You can ask questions and share your concerns in a safe and confidential environment.

We are here for you. Contact us today to get the support you need.