For many women, an unplanned pregnancy can be really frightening. Deciding what to do can feel overwhelming, so it’s important to not rush into a decision, and instead understand all of your options.
Perhaps you are considering abortion. While it may seem like a straightforward medical procedure, abortion can cause mental health issues in some women and drastically impact their overall health. Knowing what these mental health effects are will help you to make an informed decision about your health.
If I Have an Abortion, What Might Happen Afterward?
Sometimes, women feel sadness, anxiety, or even relief after an abortion. Whatever you feel is perfectly valid, and there is no right or wrong way to feel after the procedure. But for other women, abortion comes at a major emotional cost and takes a toll on their mental health.
According to the National Library of Medicine, women may feel these emotions:
If you find yourself struggling with these emotions, and if they affect your day-to-day life, consider reaching out to a trusted professional. They can work with you to help you find healing during this difficult time.
What Does Depression Cause?
Occasionally, women may experience depression after having an abortion, which is more common than you might think. Depression is a major mental illness and can cause many disturbances in your life.
Depression can cause these symptoms:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in doing activities
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, etc.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Anxiety, restlessness
- Trouble thinking, remembering things, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you’re struggling with depression, taking care of yourself is vital to feeling better. Engaging in exercise, spending time with family and friends, and speaking with a therapist are all great ways to help you feel like yourself again.
I’d Like to Speak with Someone.
If you’re considering abortion and want to know about your pregnancy options, or if you’ve already had an abortion and would like some emotional support, Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic is here for you.
We’d be happy to talk through your options and offer post-abortion help. Contact us today to request an appointment.