How Does Abortion Affect Mental Health?

by Matt Meeks | Feb 4, 2024 | Uncategorized

Are you struggling with difficult emotions after an abortion? If you feel guilty, anxious, or numb, your feelings are valid. 


Today, we’ll explore how abortion affects mental health and how you can begin to find healing. Keep reading to learn more.

How Does Abortion Affect Mental Health?

Everyone experiences abortion differently. The abortion procedures can be traumatic, putting women at a higher risk of mental health problems. Sometimes, abortion exacerbates mental health problems you may already be experiencing. Other times, an abortion could cause new mental health problems. These mental health problems could include:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Behaviors


If you’re having thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 immediately.  

Is the Abortion Pill Better for My Mental Health?

Both the abortion pill and the surgical abortion could increase your risk for mental health problems. One study showed that abortions later in pregnancy increase your risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any woman considering abortion should know the processes and what to expect. 


Give us a call at (205) 616-9417 for education about abortion.*

Will An Abortion Help My Depression?

Your current circumstances may lead you to believe that abortion will alleviate some of your stress. Although women sometimes report initially feeling better, they then feel numb and experience negative emotions for years later.


No study shows that abortion will improve your mental health. Instead, one study suggests that women who choose abortion have a 30% increased risk of developing a mental health disorder, with many women seeking mental health services afterward.

Will I Feel Guilt After Abortion?

No one knows exactly how you will feel after your abortion. Although abortion offers to remove the immediate stress of an unplanned pregnancy, some women face negative emotions, including guilt, for years afterward. A study shows that abortion increases the risk of depression up to eight years afterward. 


If you have already had an abortion and need help, give us a call at (205) 616-9417.

How Does Abortion Affect Relationships? 

Abortion can sometimes affect intimate relationships in dating, marriage, friendships, family, and children. One study shows that abortion can lead to an increased risk of depression and anxiety in future pregnancies.  Women who feel pressured into having an abortion report more stress, grief, and anxiety for years after their abortion. 

Post-Abortion Support in Vestavia, AL

Abortion can be a shocking and painful experience, both physically and mentally. Whether you’ve just had an abortion or are still hurting years later, Abortion Recovery Alabama is here for you! We host post-abortion support groups, so you can find peace, healing, and freedom from guilt and shame.


Give us a call at (205) 616-9417 today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

Please be aware that Abortion Recovery Alabama does not provide or refer for abortion services.