How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

Debating whether abortion is right for you? It’s important to consider all the risks of abortion, including the possible mental health effects, some of which are potentially long-lasting. 

Following an abortion, some women experience anxiety, depression, or trauma. If you feel that you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms after an abortion, be sure to see a trusted primary care provider or a mental health professional right away. 

Our compassionate staff is also here to listen and care for you, providing many resources to help you find the healing you deserve. 

Mental Effects of Abortion 

If you have an abortion, you may experience a range of emotions, including guilt, sadness, or even relief. 

The National Institute of Health has found that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience”. 

Psychotherapist Vincent Rue was one of the first people to introduce the connection between mental health issues and abortion. His study, “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress,” shared that…  

  • 60% reported that they felt “part of me died” after their abortions
  • 25% said they didn’t receive adequate counseling  
  • 64% said they felt pressured by others to abort 
  • 65% of U.S. women experienced multiple symptoms of PTSD (which they attributed to their abortions)

The Choice is Yours

Women may feel a negative mental health impact after an abortion due to feeling pressured into an abortion or choosing an abortion without enough attention to their desires or moral beliefs.

Be informed about your pregnancy options by talking with our non-judgemental team at Alexandrina Pregnancy Center. We offer education on all your pregnancy options. 

If you’ve had an abortion and are struggling mentally or emotionally, it’s important to contact a trusted healthcare provider or mental health professional for support. 

If you need support, or would like to talk more about your options, contact us today.