Abortion can have lasting emotional effects. While some women may experience minimal impact, others may suffer significantly after their procedure. The effects vary greatly based on many factors, so it’s essential to get all the facts to understand how it might affect you.

You can also visit Compass Women’s Clinic of Athens. We’re here to provide you with free medical services and discuss your pregnancy options by educating you about abortion’s risks and potential effects.

What Puts Me At Risk?

Aside from the procedure itself, there are a variety of risk factors to be aware of that can put you at an increased chance of mental health issues.

  • Having had previous abortions
  • Facing pressure to abort
  • Having existing mental health issues
  • Lacking support

Facing pressure is one of the most significant risk factors. According to the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, nearly 75% of women who underwent an abortion reported feeling at least some pressure to do so. Many of these women experienced negative mental health effects afterward.

Mental Health Issues

Women may encounter adverse mental health issues shortly after their abortion, with symptoms that can persist for days, extend into months, or even continue for years following the procedure. These impacts can emerge immediately or develop gradually over time, potentially affecting long-term psychological well-being.

After an abortion, studies found women reporting feelings of:

  • Loss 
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness 

A notable percentage also struggled with issues ranging from addiction, depression, and suicidal ideation. 

Find Support

If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you can find support with us at Compass Women’s Clinic of Athens. 

We offer free pregnancy services, such as pregnancy testing and limited obstetrical ultrasounds performed by a licensed healthcare professional. We can also explore your various options with information and resources.

Reach out to us for a free appointment today.