Abortion is an emotional decision, and different women can have vastly different responses to it. Some women might feel relief after an abortion, while others can struggle with feelings of guilt, shame, sadness, or grief.
When contemplating abortion, it is wise to consider your mental health.
What Is Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome?
Some mental health professionals use the term post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS) to describe the mental health effects caused by abortion.
While no one can predict how an individual woman’s mental health will respond to an abortion, studies have shown that a woman that has an abortion is 81% more likely to develop mental health problems.
Abortion has been shown to increase a woman’s risk of the following mental health concerns:
- Substance use disorder
- Suicidal behaviors
Some women are more at risk for developing PASS. While every woman is unique, some factors might contribute to mental health struggles. To determine if you are at an increased risk, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you feeling pressured into an abortion?
- Does abortion fit within your beliefs and value system?
- Do you have a history of mental health struggles?
- Do you want children in the future?
You’re Not Alone
The outcome of your pregnancy is a big decision. While the choice is ultimately yours, you don’t have to feel isolated when weighing your options. Reach out to someone you trust to discuss your options.
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