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Too often, what’s overlooked for women seeking an abortion is how it will affect their mental health. Unlike the physical effects, which are usually immediate, abortion can affect you days, weeks, or even years after having the procedure.

We’ll take a deep dive into the adverse mental health effects of abortion you should be aware of. Or, if you’d like to talk to someone, contact us at APRCC. We’re here to help you manage an unexpected pregnancy with services and resources to help you feel equipped to deal with anything that comes your way.

Abortion And Your Mental Health

While there is a contentious debate about abortion and mental health, studies show that both sides agree that women who have had abortions show a higher incidence of mental health issues compared to those who have not, and for some women, the experience of abortion directly results in mental health challenges.

Women may be at an increased risk for conditions such as:

  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal behaviors

Furthermore, you could be more at risk if you have any pre-existing conditions, such as:

  • Having a history of mental health disorders 
  • Feeling pressured to terminate the pregnancy by others 
  • Lacking a support system to help you recover emotionally from the abortion
  • A desire to have children now or in the future

What You Can Do

The best way to safeguard your health is by ensuring that you are the one making your pregnancy decision. Feeling even slightly pressured into having an abortion can lead to negative mental health effects.

To truly own your pregnancy decision, it’s crucial to explore all your options, including parenting and adoption. It’s also important to have an ultrasound before making any decisions. This provides essential information about your pregnancy that is key to your safety.

At APRCC, we provide free, limited ultrasounds alongside education and support to equip you with the knowledge necessary to make an informed choice for yourself. 

Reach out to us to arrange a free, confidential meeting. Remember, you’re not facing this alone. We’re here to support you.

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