Abortion is a very sensitive issue. Some people think it is harmless and easy to do, but really it is not. They think that abortion procedures are safe and do not cause health issues, but statistics show that many women go through depression, stress, and grief. Pregnant Women go through a lot after aborting. They are usually not well informed on what they will feel or think after an abortion, they often make it a quick decision without thinking about the consequences. Women need to understand that they will experience emotional, psychological, and physical problems after an abortion.
Abortion has many negative outcomes. One of them is emotional problems. After abortions, women feel a tremendous amount of regret and shame. Women feel a sense of emptiness and therefore they cannot control their emotions, such as depression, anxiety, anger, and regret. Nick Grimm did a study performed on young women and one of them said ".....often the abortion is the quick fix. But to me it wasn't a quick fix. It was years of trauma for me" (Handgraft). Using a statistical way of combining multiple studies, results show that women with a history of abortion face higher rates of anxiety 34 percent or higher, depression 37 percent, heavier alcohol and drug use 110 percent or higher, and higher rates of suicidal thoughts (Coleman). Those who continue with their pregnancies are less prone to mental health issues, "A woman's mental health would be adversely affected if she gave birth" (Grimm, Nick).
Women experience psychological problems after an abortion. Pre-abortion counseling would make a big difference and less abortions would occur. If more women have pre-abortion counseling they would not be suffering from emotional and psychological issues. After an abortion, women usually experience depression, decreased self-esteem, crying, and a deep feeling of sadness. After an abortion, women are put to long-term suffering because medical professionals do not give them knowledge about post-abortion grief. Women usually experience depression, decreased self-esteem, crying, and a deep feeling of sadness. When women have an abortion they are usually not well informed of the psychological problems they will be facing, "Women felt cheated that abortion was presented to them as something quick and easy, when the reality was very different"(Herald 10). The American Psychological Association has revealed that women are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sixty-five percent of American women experience many symptoms of PTSD, over fourteen percent reported all symptoms necessary to be diagnosed with abortion induced PTSD (Rue, el al). The pregnancy itself may be a source stress in the first place; it may have been an unwanted pregnancy or linked with other problems. The APA concluded that women who decide to terminate their pregnancy suffer long-lasting emotional trauma. Pre-abortion counseling would make a big difference and less abortions would be made.
Abortion does not only come with emotional and psychological problems it also comes with physical complications. Complications can start from two to four weeks after the procedure. Women experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping, and bleeding. An abortion does not just damage women mentally, but also physically. Whether an abortion is done during the first trimester or is a late term abortion, serious complications such as heavy bleeding, infection, damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, damage to other organs, an death can affect the pregnant women. (Decherney) Some doctors may prescribe antibiotics to take after the procedure is done such as ; Doxycycline, metronidazole, amoxicillin, and azithromycin, they are antibiotics to prevent infection. Women should thoroughly think about having an abortion because of the pain that it causes.
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Women experience emotional, psychological, and physical problems after an abortion. Abortion not only affects a fetus, but also the mother. If women are thinking of an abortion It is important for them to be aware of the many risks. For information about abortion may call the American pregnancy Association toll-free helpline at 1-800-672-2296. Think twice before making a quick decision and if counseling is needed visit: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy/pregnant-now-what/thinking-about-abortion. Women that have already had an abortion and if they're hurting, having difficulties, or have questions should visit this site: https://www.womenonweb.org/en/page/537/do-you-require-psychological-counseling-after-you-have-had-an. Also visit: http://hopeafterabortion.com the post-abortion ministry of the Catholic Church. They speak for many who struggle with forgiveness after abortion. Once again, it is important to be aware of the many risks of an abortion. Abortion is a very sensitive issue and is not easy get over.