What should I know about the psychological risks in having an abortion before pursuing that option?

 

Taking a pre-abortion psychological self-evaluation may reduce:

  • Unwanted abortions consented to under duress,
  • Unsafe abortions among specific subgroups of high-risk patients, and
  • Unbeneficial abortions which are predictably unlikely to produce the benefits some women seek and which women are more likely to profoundly regret.

If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, you may be at psychological risk if you have an abortion.  Do you…..

  • Feel pressured by others to have an abortion?
  • Feel your partner, family, and/or friends don’t want you to have an abortion?
  • Feel you have little or no social support from others?
  • Have low self-esteem?
  • Have a pessimistic outlook on life?
  • Feel you have little control over your life?
  • Have a history of mental health challenges?
  • Feel that people will have a negative attitude toward you if you have an abortion?
  • Feel a need for secrecy?
  • Use avoidance coping strategies – “I’m just not going to let myself feel bad about this?”
  • Use denial coping strategies – “Everything’s OK.  There’s nothing to this?”
  • Feel committed to the pregnancy?
  • Feel uncertain about making an abortion decision.  Are you indecisive or do you have mixed feelings about it?
  • Have a history of prior abortion?
  • View abortion to be in conflict with your personal values?
  • View abortion to be in conflict with your religious values?
  • Have a family history of breast cancer?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the evaluation questions, it would be in your best interest to explore an alternative to making an abortion decision. Your emotional/psychological health is an important component of your total health. Contact us at 888-598-5491 for a private, confidential dialog about your personal situation and all the options available to you.