Effects of Abortion on Mental Health

Effects of Abortion on Mental Health


By Dr. Shahazad Ali, Psychology

The most beautiful and precious stage for any women in life is their pregnancy. Being a mother and giving birth to a new one really cause a great impact in both mind and body of any women. If a woman comes across severe pregnancy complications or if she experiences a loss in such a great doing that really creates a psychological impact in female. Abortion creates psychological disturbances for the mother but the degree varies with the type. Voluntary abortions have less psychological impact than the involuntary or unexpected abortions. In voluntary abortions, the mother prepares her mind for the loss of her baby. But the case is entirely different in unexpected abortions and really needs a psychological support from both family members and proper professional counseling.

Possible Side-effects-

Most women exhibit few of the following changes after abortion. These signs may be noted anytime until 8 weeks after abortion or even longer.

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Suicidal thoughts and even few may do attempts
  • Depression
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Anger
  • Regret
  • Nightmares or insomnia
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Relationship problems especially with their spouse
  • Anxiety
  • Poor eating habits and personal concern

High risk mothers for negative effects of abortion-

  • Women who have undergone forced abortion or unexpected abortions are at more risk of getting negative psychological effects of abortion. They might have developed many dreams about their baby and believed the existence of their baby inside her, so it will be really a great unexplainable loss for the mother.
  • Individual with previous loss or psychological problems. Because will be like an added weight to their mind which is already loaded with problems.
  • Religious mother who believe on conflict with abortion in their religion.
  • Abortions during late stage of pregnancy have much probability of negative psychological effects.
  • Lack of support from their family members especially from their spouse.