According to experts’ review, abortion will not increase the possibilities of a risk among women who have mental health problems.
To conclude this, data from 44 studies was taken and it was seen that in general, there was a higher incidence of mental health problems among women with an unwanted pregnancy.
No effect was however seen from whether these women had an abortion or delivered a child.
The review was however meant to reduce psychological effect of terminating a pregnancy.
For NICE, the same method was put to use by experts from the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, NCCMH, that was used for assessing evidence on other mental health issues.
There were recent concerns that a woman’s mental health could get badly affected by abortion and following this, the work was carried out that was funded by the Department of Health.
The chances of women facing problems like depression and anxiety would just be 11 to 12 per cent.
But when it comes to women with unwanted pregnancies, according to researchers, this rate was around three times higher.
The director of NCCMH, Prof Tim Kendall, said, “It could be that these women have a mental health problem before the pregnancy. On the other hand, it could be the unwanted pregnancy that's causing the problem.”