Self-Managed Abortion & Your Mental Health

With the overturn of Roe v. Wade and new abortion laws in many different states, you may be leaning toward abortion pills by mail (a self-managed abortion) as a quick, convenient, and private choice, if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy.

It is important to ensure that you are well-informed about all your options. This includes considering how each choice may negatively affect your mental health. Let’s discuss how opting abortion pills by mail  may negatively affect your mental health.

Taking such a serious procedure into your own hands can be difficult mentally.

Abortion is a serious procedure. Taking it into your own hands, with only the support of a loosely regulated system of clinics, online pharmacies, video calls, and online evaluation forms, can negatively change your mental health. It may be best to seek the counsel of a medical professional before going ahead.

Greater liability and responsibility can cause greater stress and anxiety.

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, chances are you’re already feeling a great deal of stress and anxiety. Self-managing your abortion can compound this. It may be best to seek the support of a trained advocate while you make your decision.

It may be more difficult to make a decision that is not primarily driven by fear and anxiety.

Good decisions are not based on fear. An unexpected pregnancy can create feelings of fear, confusion, anger, and everything in between. Deciding based only on these first feelings may result in depression and feelings of regret.

It may intensify feelings of shame and guilt.

A self-managed abortion may reinforce the lie that you have something to be ashamed of. It is important to seek counsel, support, and information. You are whole, worthy, and valuable.

It may intensify feelings of isolation.

A self-managed abortion may reinforce the lie that you are alone. You deserve to be supported and advocated for. You are not alone, and you never will be.

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy and considering your options, it is important to consider both your physical health and mental health. It may be in the best interest of your mental health to seek the support of trained advocates and medical professionals while making your decision. You can find this support, and much more, for free, at the Cline Center. No insurance necessary.

Call 601-487-1064, today.

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