An abortion is a major life event. It is common for women to experience some kind of physical side effects from the procedure, such as nausea or bleeding and cramping, but did you know some women can also struggle emotionally following an abortion?

If you or a friend are struggling with an accidental pregnancy and considering an abortion, take a few minutes to understand the emotional impacts the procedure can create. Learning how to support your mental health following an abortion can be life-saving. 

How Can An Abortion Affect My Emotions?

Any woman undergoing an abortion should be prepared for the side effects that may follow. 

According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, women who experienced abortions had an increased risk of feelings of anger, range, loss of temper, and more violent behavior.  

Additioinally this study states, “association between abortion and higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic symptoms, sleep disorders, and other negative outcomes is statistically significant in most analyses.” 

These feelings can be experienced long-term and cause a great deal of grief. Speaking with someone you trust is important to gain healing and peace.

If you experience any of the above effects after an abortion, Open Arms is here for you. We offer a 10-week support group for women going through the same struggles. You never have to walk this journey alone. 

What If I Experience Depression After An Abortion?

Depression is a serious mental illness. Women who experience depression or suicidal feelings after an abortion need to seek help from healthcare professionals specializing in mental health. Depression can look like: 

  • Persistent sadness or feeling low
  • Having difficulty thinking, focusing, and making decisions
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling irritable
  • Lacking energy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in activities that they previously enjoyed
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide

You Are Not Alone

At the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic, you will find the care you deserve in a warm, friendly environment. If you’re struggling over a past abortion, there is help and healing through our after-abortion support group.  If you are experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide, we urge you to seek the help of a mental health professional immediately.      

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, Open Arms offers free and confidential services including clinical pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, education on all options and a safe place to process the many questions and emotions that come with pregnancy.  Schedule an appointment whenever you’re ready by calling or texting 818-626-9400.