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Abortion causes long-term mental distress in women

A research shows that having an abortion can be the cause of mental distress in women even years after the procedure.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2005 15:01 IST

A new research has shown that having an abortion can be the cause of mental distress in women even years after the procedure.

The study, by a team from the University of Oslo in collaboration with a team the Buskerud Hospital in Drammen, Norway, was conducted on a group of 40 women who had had a miscarriage and 80 women who had undergone an induced abortion.

According to the open access journal BMC Medicine, the results showed that while women who had had a miscarriage suffered more mental distress up until six months after the event, women who had an abortion experienced more mental distress in the long term i.e. even after two to five years.

The research showed that women who had an abortion were far more likely to experience high levels of anxiety, feelings of guilt, shame and relief, and also had to make an extra effort to avoid thoughts about the procedure.