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How Will Abortion Affect Me Mentally?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, it’s important to understand the risks you may face.

While an abortion can impact your physical health, there are also risks to your mental health. Understanding these risks is important so that you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Mental Health Risks from Abortion

While every woman’s response to an abortion is unique, studies have shown there are common mental health risks you may face after an abortion.

These risks can include:

  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Substance use disorders
  • Eating disorders

Your chance of experiencing the above mental health risks can also be impacted by other factors, such as:

  • Having a history of mental health disorders 
  • Feeling pressured to terminate the pregnancy by others 
  • Having cultural or religious belief systems that conflict with abortion
  • Lacking a support system to help you recover emotionally from the abortion
  • A desire to have children now or in the future

Take Time to Learn Your Options

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming and make you feel that you have to make a rushed decision. But one of the best first steps to protect both your physical and mental health is to take the time to learn about your pregnancy and what options are available to you.

Knowing all the details about your pregnancy and the options available to you will give you the confidence to make the best decision for your health.

How to Learn More

An ultrasound scan is a simple way to get valuable information like your pregnancy's age, location, and viability. 

These results will determine what type of abortion you may be eligible for and rule out an ectopic pregnancy—a serious health condition requiring immediate medical attention.

The trained staff at Hope Clinic for Women are here to help you. We offer medical-grade pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans to confirm your pregnancy as well as provide you with the important details of your pregnancy.

Our team will also take the time to explain the results of your ultrasound scan, answer all your questions, and review all the available options.

You don’t have to rush into a decision about your unplanned pregnancy or try to figure out your options on your own. 

Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment, and let us help empower you to make the best decision for your health and future.

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Hope Clinic for Women is a nonprofit organization committed to provide safe, confidential, supportive medical care that promotes sexual health and wellbeing. In 2022 HCW hosted 827 client visits where young moms and dads received over 3,380 free services. We welcomed 27 babies who were born to moms in our programs. These clients benefited from one on one time with trained, caring volunteers who listened, learned and shared valuable education resources, physical resources, referrals and spiritual encouragement.