No depression associated with abortion

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Having an abortion does not raise a woman’s chances of mental health disorders. This is according to a report , perhaps the largest and most comprehensive ever, published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC).

The review concluded that as a result of a woman having an unwanted pregnancy, her chances of developing a mental health disorder increases. However, terminating that pregnancy does not result in a higher risk of mental health problems, compared to those women who go full term. A woman’s mental health history must be taken into account however. If there is history of mental health trouble, the risk of future challenges increases for the woman terminating an unwanted pregnancy as compared to a woman with no mental health history who has an abortion.

For a woman who has a negative opinion about abortion, but then decides to have one, she is at increased risk for mental health problems. And the report pointed out that other stressful events in the life of the woman may contribute to issues relating to mental health after termination.

The authors pointed out that it is not the act of the abortion but other extenuating issues which will lead to mental health breakdowns. “Our view shows that abortion is not associated with an increase in mental health problems. Women who are carrying an unwanted pregnancy should be reassured that current evidence show the are no more likely to experience mental health problems if they decide to have an abortion than if they decide to give birth,” said Dr. Roch Cantwell, Chair of the Steering Group, and perinatal psychiatrist.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, AOMRC

 
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