“How much does an abortion cost?” “What are the side effects of an abortion?”
These questions are some of the most common searches on Google and other social media platforms when it comes to abortion and considering pregnancy options. Many of the answers may include:
Abortion costs depend on a variety of factors, like how far along the pregnancy is to determine if you’re eligible for a chemical or surgical abortion.
The type of surgical abortion that is needed is also determined by the gestational age of the pregnancy, which then affects cost.
Side effects like heavy bleeding, painful cramping, and more can occur.
Although these answers can be helpful, rarely do any of them discuss the emotional side effects from an abortion or the long-term costs of a woman’s mental health after having an abortion.
A psychologist and professor in New Zealand, David Fergusson, researched the subject of abortion and mental health for over 30 years. Fergusson retained a pro-choice stance, yet his years of research and studies led him to believe that “there is no credible scientific evidence demonstrating that abortion has mental health benefits.”
Dr. Calum Miller has reviewed Fergusson’s studies in depth, writing and speaking more on the subject. Miller has concluded the following main points:
For a woman with an unwanted pregnancy, abortion increases her risk of anxiety, suicide, alcohol abuse and drug abuse.
Negative emotions, such as guilt, are extremely common after abortion.
Abortion-specific post-traumatic stress disorder is a common or very common complication of abortion.
This information is certainly beneficial to consider if you are unexpectedly pregnant right now and exploring your pregnancy options. Being informed about these potential abortion side effects is a critical part to making the best decision for you. This is all information we cover at an appointment with us. You can schedule an appointment to confirm your pregnancy, go over your options and answer further questions you may have.
If you find yourself recovering from an abortion, know that abortion procedures affect every woman differently. Your journey is unique, and the good news is that you can find healing and wholeness through intentional effort and the right resources.
Here are some tips that we believe can be helpful in your journey to healing.
SEEK POST-ABORTIVE CARE
There are a variety of resources out there for women who are seeking healing after abortion, including professional help. While having a solid support system of friends and family is helpful, also having an unbiased therapist trained in how events can affect our brain and emotions is essential.
At Her Health Women’s Center, we have different post-abortion recovery options available. There is a peer-to-peer group, online class options and one-on-one counseling available. If one of these options interest you, you can contact us through our website chat, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
GET HELP FROM YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM
You do not have to carry this weight alone. While you can be discreet about your decision, reach out to one or two trusted people who can be a safe space for you as you share your thoughts and feelings about your experience.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME AND SPACE
Knowing what is happening inside your body can help you manage your mental health symptoms. It is a shock to your hormonal system when an abortion occurs, so it may take time to regain normal hormonal levels.
Give your body grace and understanding as you navigate your post-abortive journey, just like you would accommodate a friend going through a hard time.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We are here to support you on your journey.
Disclaimer: Any information in the article or the referenced links are for your information, but are not intended to replace medical care.
Miller, Calum. “Abortion and Mental Health.” Calum’s Blog. February 10, 2022.
Fergusson, D., Horwood, L., & Boden, J. (2008). Abortion and mental health disorders: Evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 193(6), 444-451. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.108.056499
Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Boden, J. M. (2013). Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(9), 819–827. https://doi.org/10.1177/0004867413484597