Up to 50% of the pregnancies in the US are unplanned. Learning you are pregnant when you least expect it can cause a deluge of emotions and trigger feelings such as anxiety, fear, frustration, etc. 

When calculating the best option of how to handle the pregnancy, it is essential to factor your mental health into the equation. Here are important facts and information about the possible mental health effects of abortion so you can make a well-informed decision.

Can Abortion Affect a Woman’s Mental Health? 

According to the Mayo Clinic, twice as many women are affected by depression than men. Your mental wellbeing deserves special consideration, especially during such a delicate and stressful time. 

According to a study conducted over the course of 25 years by medical researcher David Fergusson, it was discovered that abortion was linked to higher rates of anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors. Additionally, he found that a subset of the women experienced major depression.

In another study, psychotherapist Vincent Rue found that, in a study comparing the effects of abortion on Russian to US women, 65% of women in the U.S. who had had an abortion, experienced multiple symptoms of PTSD.

Although some women who have an abortion may not experience any sort of mental health issues right away, many women who have terminated pregnancies suffer depression, anxiety, and decreased self-esteem immediately later on in life. 

Know Your Options

Before you make a decision, be sure that you are making the decision that is best for you. 

In addition to abortion, parenting and adoption are also options. Be informed about all your options, since with knowledge comes confidence. 

Schedule a no-cost pre-abortion consultation with our compassionate team at Open Arms. We can help share resources and help you make the most informed and best decision for your pregnancy.