Both abortion and adoption can be mentally difficult decisions. This is one of the many reasons why it is critical to learn all you can before making a pregnancy decision. 

This article will highlight the essentials you need to know about how abortion and adoption might affect you mentally. If you would like a safe space to talk about your options or receive free support services, contact Alpha Center today to schedule a confidential appointment. 

Mental Health Risks Of Abortion

While every woman reacts differently to abortion, a study looking into the link between abortion and adverse mental health outcomes found that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience. It is clear that some women do experience sadness, grief, and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and some experience clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.”

If you feel at all pressured into an abortion, have preexisting mental health conditions, your personal beliefs contradict abortion, or you feel the need to keep your abortion a secret, then you’re more likely to experience a mental health risk after abortion.

Mental Health Risks Of Adoption

Adoption can also be a mentally difficult decision. Some questions going through your head might be:

  • Will my child hate me for placing them for adoption?
  • Will I change my mind after placing my child for adoption? 
  • Can I have an ongoing relationship with my child after adoption?

No matter what questions you’re having or how you’re feeling, your experience and your emotions are valid. Meeting with an adoption counselor is the best place to start. An adoption counselor can talk through these questions with you, along with the different types of adoption and what the process would look like. The best way to ensure you make a confident decision is to learn all you can about each of your options. 

You’re Not Alone

Thinking about your pregnancy options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Alpha Center, we are here for you with medically accurate information regarding your options and a safe, nurturing space to ask questions. 

Contact us today to learn about all the ways we’re here to help.

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