How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?
If you are considering an abortion, an informed decision means you need to understand the emotional and physical risks.
While the exact connection between abortion and mental health is unknown, experts on both sides of the abortion debate agree that “abortion is consistently associated with elevated rates of mental illness.”
Each woman’s journey is different, but you should consider looking more into this procedure’s possible mental side effects.
What Do Some Women Experience After Abortion?
The National Library of Medicine Study states that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
Mental health is a vague term that can cover a lot of different symptoms; however, its scope can range from depression to PTSD or even suicidal behavior.
What Are the Common Abortion Side Effects?
While it’s important to understand the possible mental health side effects of abortion, you’ll want to make sure you are aware of the possible physical side effects as well.
Surgical abortion requires an in-person visit to a clinic. The procedure is performed while the patient is under anesthesia. According to the Mayo Clinic, common side effects may last a few days and can include:
- Mild cramping
- Spotting or light bleeding
A medication abortion requires two series of drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. One ends the pregnancy, and the other induces cramping to expel the fetus and pregnancy remnants.
Bleeding and spotting can occur up to 30 days after the procedure. Other common side effects include:
Now that you know more about how abortion can affect you physically and mentally, you may still have questions or wonder about the next step.
At First Care, we offer options consultations where you can learn more about your pregnancy options and receive evidence-based information in a confidential, compassionate environment.
We empower you to make a decision you feel good about. Contact us today!
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