Some suffer in silence. Few suffer aloud. Most suffer for years and even decades.
Among the circumstances that may increase a woman’s chances of having an emotional or psychological side effect include individuals with previous emotional or psychological issues or individuals, who have been coerced, forced or persuaded to get an abortion.
Clinical research states that when women are sharing about relationships they report deep seated feelings of guilt, anxiety, depression, loss, anger, and exploitation over their abortion experience.
Lidia Busingye, a medical psychologist says it is possible for anyone to experience an emotional or psychological side effect following an abortion.
“Women who have gone through abortion are more psychologically and emotionally affected than they imagines.
“Many women find themselves feeling emotionally cold and detached in all their relationships after an abortion. There may be significant sexual dysfunction too and their attitudes towards other children, maybe altered.
“There is a wide range of complications that can result from abortions, such as, future miscarriages, infertility and ectopic pregnancies,” Busingye said.
Abortion also leads to mental health disorders and suicidal thoughts and feelings as well as anxiety and depression.
She adds that other mental health disorders such as eating disorders may arise after an abortion.
“If the mother has a history of mental health disorders, an abortion can worsen those symptoms,” she said.
Additionally, people who have gone through abortion may also isolate themselves and begin battling bouts of insomnia, which can trigger depression.