While we can guess how we will react to an event or a surprise, we often will not know until it happens. This reality can be the case with an abortion experience.

According to the Mayo Clinic, abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. You could have many emotions, including relief, loss, sadness, or guilt. 

While you are the best predictor of how you might react, researchers have identified factors that could negatively impact mental health after abortion. These factors include a history of mental health issues, pressure, and conflicting desires or beliefs.

Do You Have a History of Mental Health Issues?

While every woman will react differently, research suggests that at least some women do experience negative health impacts. 

One of the risk factors is already having a history of mental health issues. When thinking about an abortion, it’s essential to consider your current mental health. 

Are You Under Pressure?

Feeling pressured into an abortion decision is another risk factor for experiencing negative mental health impacts. If the choice isn’t yours and you want to continue your pregnancy, that can pose emotional challenges.

When making a significant decision like this, give yourself space from anyone pressuring you. You deserve better than feeling forced into a decision you are uncomfortable making. 

Process Your Emotions

We encourage you to ask yourself hard questions and do some soul-searching. What do you want? What don’t you want? What do you believe? How are you feeling now, and how might you feel after an abortion?

These are hard questions and ones that can help you better predict your mental health. We offer a safe space for you to process your emotions and think about your pregnancy options. 

Schedule a no-cost appointment for pregnancy services or talk with a caring team member. We can be a helpful resource for you.