Many pregnant women struggle with the decision of whether to keep a child when the conception was unexpected. Although some individuals frown upon abortion for moral reasons, experts now say that there are few negative mental health effects on women who choose to go through with the procedure.
A study conducted by Danish researchers tracked more than 365,000 women who had an abortion or delivered their first child between 1995 and 2007. Approximately 280,000 of the individuals carried their baby to term, while nearly 84,000 opted for an abortion.
Experts analyzed the mental health of the participants after the 12-year study came to a close. Data showed that individuals who had an abortion did not suffer from psychiatric problems prior to pregnancy. However, women from low-income backgrounds tend to have more unexpected pregnancies, opt for abortion and suffer negative psychiatric effects.
Women with new babies were not exempt from mental health damage, according to the data. Seven out of the 1,000 women examined reported issues within the first year of motherhood.
More than 26 million adults suffer from mood disorders in the U.S. annually, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities and counseling can help individuals cope with the condition.