According to statistics, abortion can increase a woman’s risk of developing mental health struggles. After an abortion procedure, some women experience: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Substance use disorder

 Even though adoption comes with its struggles, an adoption plan could help prevent the emotional and mental risks caused by abortion. However, every woman’s journey is unique. 

What is Depression?

The Mayo Clinic definition is “Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.” 

Some people may struggle with feelings of sadness and hopelessness that seem overwhelming. 

Some physical symptoms of depression include weight changes, inability to sleep or oversleep, thoughts of death or suicide, and pain like headaches or backaches that can’t be explained. 

Depression After Abortion

While every woman’s experience with abortion is different, the shifting hormones that take place after an abortion procedure affect women differently. These hormonal changes can cause depression.

Abortion can cause major emotional trauma, including extreme sadness, anger, shame, and regret. Some women experience other emotions like…

  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Numbness
  • Fear

Can Adoption Help?

Adoption can also be a difficult choice, but it often comes with hope in the long run. You may consider it if you’re second-guessing your other options. Birth mothers who choose adoption for their children find hope and healing after an unplanned pregnancy. It brings mothers peace knowing that their child has a future and is safe in the home they chose. 

 There are three adoption plans to choose from: open, semi-open, or closed. These different options give the birth mother the choice of being part of her child’s life.   

Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment with our caring team today to talk through your unique situation and get answers about your options. You deserve clarity and peace about your decision.

You are not alone.