The choice of the outcome of your pregnancy is not always an easy decision. It is a very personal decision that will change the direction of your life. It can become an even bigger challenge to make a confident decision when others are pressuring you to do what they think is right.
This is your decision, and no one, including your partner, has the right to pressure you into making a decision that does not make you feel comfortable.
Mental Health Effects of Pressure to Abort
In addition to the physical health risks associated with abortion, you also need to weigh the mental health risks of this decision. After an abortion, some women may develop mental health disorders like:
- Substance use disorder
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
Women that feel pressured into an abortion have a higher risk of struggling with their mental health as a result. This makes your partner’s pressure a risk factor for mental health struggles.
What Can You Do?
If your partner’s pressure for you to choose abortion is making you feel unsafe, contact the domestic abuse hotline for help.
Here are some tips that you can use in a non-violent relationship to alleviate your partner’s pressure:
- Set boundaries: Explain to your partner that this is your decision, and any extra pressure will not be tolerated.
- Take the time to understand your feelings about your pregnancy and consider your desired outcome.
- Gather information about your pregnancy options. Learn more about the available resources that might make an alternative to abortion possible, like parenting or adoption.
- Seek help from a friend, family member, or professional counselor to help you discuss the situation with your partner if you need help keeping the conversation productive.
Knowing where to start when experiencing an unexpected pregnancy can be difficult. We are here to help. Find the information and support you need at Women’s Care Center. We provide quality medical services and can share information about your options. Contact Us today to schedule an appointment.