Emotions are complex. In fact, scientists have tried to categorize emotions over the years, with Dr. Paul Ekman famously discovering six basic categories in the 1970s and then researchers identifying twenty-seven in 2017. The research is ongoing.
Because our emotions are varied, complicated, changing, and situational, there’s no way to tie abortion to specific mental health effects for every woman. The effects are specific to each individual.
Here are a few key facts to know about abortion and mental health.
1. There Could Be Increased Risk of Mental Health Issues.
While there’s no way to know how each woman will react to her abortion experience, a research study found that 81% of women who had an abortion experienced an increased risk of mental health problems. The research could directly attribute ten percent of the incidence of mental health to abortion.
The mental health issues studied included depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidal behaviors.
2. Experts Agree that Some Women Experience Negative Outcomes.
While there’s controversy around abortion and mental health, experts agree that some women experience negative health outcomes.
We’ve seen it firsthand. If you’re struggling with your mental health after an abortion, we offer post-abortion support to help you navigate those feelings. You’re not alone.
3. There Are Risk Factors for Negative Mental Health Effects.
Some women may be more likely to experience adverse mental health effects after abortion.
The risk factors include having a history of mental health issues, feeling pressured into an abortion, having existing maternal desires, or having conflicting moral beliefs.
When considering your options, make sure you’re choosing without pressure, and also think through your own beliefs and desires for the future.
Have You Explored Your Feelings and Options?
If you’re in the middle of a pregnancy decision, it is important to discuss and process your feelings. We offer a safe place for women to explore their options and learn about available resources.
Contact us to schedule a free appointment or ask for more information.