How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

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It has been determined by experts that abortion can cause mental health issues for at least some women. The study concluded that abortion can cause grief, a sense of loss, and anxiety, among other adverse mental health effects. Find out more about the mental health effects of abortion and who is most likely to be affected.  

What Does the Research Say?

One study published by the National Library of Medicine concluded four issues when it comes to abortion and mental health. Their findings include the following:

 

  • Abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness compared to women without a history of abortion.

  • The abortion experience directly contributes to mental health problems for at least some women.

  • There are risk factors, such as pre-existing mental illness, that identify women at greatest risk of mental health problems after an abortion.

  • It’s difficult to conduct adequate research.

 Other studies concluded that women suffer from other mental health conditions after an abortion, such as: 

  • Relationship problems

  • Substance misuse

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • PTSD

Why Is It Difficult to Research?

Women get abortions for various reasons. However, many women feel pressured into having an abortion, which affects their mental health. 

 

Most women report feeling immediate relief following their abortions but struggle mentally weeks, months, or years later. No one can pinpoint when the feelings begin.

 

Other factors that make it difficult to study are how far along a woman is in her pregnancy when she has an abortion or if she has support in her decision. Moral beliefs also play a role. 

Will I Struggle Mentally?

Only you can determine your mental health at the time of an abortion. Before a procedure, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Meet with your healthcare provider to discuss your physical and mental health.

  • Confirm your pregnancy with a physical exam.

  • Have an ultrasound to determine how far along you are, the pregnancy’s location, and if it is viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat).

  • Do blood and urine tests.

  • Learn about the procedures, side effects, and potential risks.

How Can Gianna’s House Assist Me?

Gianna’s House does not perform or refer for abortion, but we can provide information regarding abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks. If you are wondering if you are pregnant, we offer a free self-administered pregnancy test. 

 

To determine your options, we can discuss your three choices and find what’s best for you. If you have already experienced an abortion and need emotional support, we are here to help you.

 

Contact us or set up an appointment online. Our services are free, and we’re ready to assist you!

 

Gianna's House provides a safe environment with a warm, comfortable setting where privacy and confidentiality are top priorities. We offer a holistic approach to helping women. Our services are available at no cost to you because we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. This facility is not a licensed medical facility. We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients; therefore, we receive no financial gain from your decision. We are committed to provide accurate information about pregnancy options, abortion procedure risks and alternatives, and post-abortion support. All of our advertising and communications are truthful, honest, and accurately describe the services we offer.

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Gianna's House provides a safe environment with a warm, comfortable setting where privacy and confidentiality are top priorities. We offer a holistic approach to helping women.  Our services are available at no cost to you because we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. This facility is not a licensed medical facility.  We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients; therefore, we receive no financial gain from your decision. We are committed to provide accurate information about pregnancy options, abortion procedure risks and alternatives, and post-abortion support. All of our advertising and communications are truthful, honest, and accurately describe the services we offer.