According to channel 10 news a new study suggests having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does.
The research by Danish scientists is one of the largest to compare the aftermath of both decisions.
It further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor.
Researchers did not find a difference in the rate of mental health treatment before and after a first abortion. But they found first-time mothers were almost twice as likely to need psychiatric counseling postpartum than pre-delivery. The study is in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Pregnancy can be a sensitive subject. It is well documented that women experience different hormonal shifts that may affect them in many different ways during and after pregnancy. It is not at all uncommon for women to be dissatisfied with the shape of their body following pregnancy. Dr. O’Toole explains to patients that if they choose plastic surgery they need to be in a good mental state. Most women elect for breast augmentation and/or abdominoplasty following childbirth. Patients should never consider plastic surgery as a cure for depression.
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