An unplanned pregnancy can turn a happy relationship on its head. Suddenly, you’ve gone from light-hearted date nights to uncomfortable conversations. Perhaps you’re considering abortion, but are scared that it could ruin your relationship.
We understand—your thoughts are probably racing and you have countless questions that need answers. While we can’t predict exactly how abortion could affect your relationship, we do know the mental and emotional toll it can take. However, this decision doesn’t have to derail your relationship!
Keep reading to learn more about the impact of abortion on relationships and how you and your partner can make an informed and empowered decision together!
How Does Abortion Affect Relationships?
Because abortion affects every relationship differently, there’s no clear-cut answer. Some couples agree that it’s the right choice for them and are able to move on easily. For others, abortion can be devastating and the relationship eventually falls apart.
All that being said, studies have shown that abortion tends to have a negative impact on relationships. For example, one study found that:
- Women who had abortions were put at a greater risk for domestic violence and were more likely to experience sexual dysfunction.
- Men whose partners had an abortion reported fights about drugs and feelings of jealousy.
- Couples who experienced abortion were more likely to argue about children and finances.
Even if you don’t have any strong feelings about abortion, things can still get complicated if you and your partner have different opinions about it. This can make it harder to process your own emotions, communicate with your partner, and work through your disagreements.
How Does Abortion Affect Mental Health?
No two abortion experiences are the same. Some women feel relieved once the procedure is over. Others experience guilt, anxiety, and depression, whether immediately after their abortion or years down the road.
Abortion is not without risk. It can have lasting effects on your mental health. It’s important to understand how you feel about abortion and consider each of your pregnancy options so you can make the best decision for your physical and mental health!
How Can We Work Through Our Disagreements?
Maybe you feel ready to be a parent, but he doesn’t. Perhaps he wants you to continue the pregnancy, but you’re considering abortion. Maybe he’s left it up to you by saying, “I support whatever decision you make”. He means well, but what if the final decision ends up hurting your relationship anyway? It can be difficult to make a decision you both feel comfortable with if you’re facing disagreements or indifference.
Sometimes, an outside perspective can introduce you to options you may not have considered. Consider scheduling an options counseling session at Mid Cities Women’s Clinic. Our patient advocates can provide all the facts on abortion in Texas, adoption, and parenting. We’re happy to answer all of your questions, so you two can make a fully informed decision together!
Abortion Information in Euless, TX
Don’t make a decision out of fear. Mid Cities Women’s Clinic is here to help you find a solution together! Call us at (817) 512-8572, text us at (817) 442-6147, or schedule your appointment today. All services are free and confidential!
Please be aware that Mid Cites Women’s Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services.
- Coleman, P. K., Rue, V. M., & Coyle, C. T. (2009, March 26). Induced abortion and intimate relationship quality in the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19324381/
- Abortion Risks. Louisiana Department of Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ldh.la.gov/page/1063