TikTok Caves to Pressure, Pulls Birth Control Risk Content

Social media has been censored in a fashion that is very much of the moment. Alarmists on women’s reproductive health have caused social media to be censored. TikTok removed videos that discussed the dangers of hormonal birth control after a Washington Post piece and a pressure campaign. Nevertheless, there are still risks in taking birth control.

WaPo portrayed the social media videos from “right-wing influencers”, calling it “an explosion” of misinformation. The article criticized women who blamed their weight gain and mental health problems on birth control. It warned of the long-term risks to fertility as well as mental health. The article also condemned the promotion of “natural methods.”

WaPo boasts that they removed at least five videos when they asked TikTok for their policies on content moderation.

After The Post asked the company how it prevents misinformation from spreading, TikTok removed at least five videos that linked birth control with mental health problems and other health issues.

The publication went on to detail the content censorship.

Brett Cooper, a media commentator at the conservative Daily Wire and TikTok viral video, claimed that birth control could affect fertility, make women gain weight, or even change their attraction to men. The video received over 219,000 “likes”, before TikTok took it down after The Post’s investigation.

The package insert of Depo-Provera (an injected contraceptive) informs patients and doctors that the average weight gain after one year is 5.4 lbs and after five years, it is 16.5 lbs.

Depo Provera CI therapy can cause women to gain weight. Women who finished 1 year of Depo-Provera therapy gained 5.4 lb on average from an initial body weight of 136lb. Women who finished 2 years of treatment gained a mean of 8.1 lb. Women who finished 4 years gained 13.8 lb on average. Women who completed six years gained 16.5 lb on average. Two percent of women withdrew from a large clinical trial due to excessive weight gain.

Birth control may also influence the type of men women like. Studies have been done on male facial preference between women on the pill versus those not on it, on changes in relationships with women who met their partners on the pill, as well as on how women feel after becoming pregnant.

The conclusion of one study:

Our results show that a woman’s use of OC when she first meets her partner can have measurable downstream effects on the outcome of a relationship.

Candace Owens is a conservative commentator who has had her video taken down from TikTok after she called birth control pills and IUDs “unnatural”. Owens claimed that she was advocating that women realize that these methods were not normal. She also said that women in her audience had told her that copper IUDs could harm women’s reproductive health. Owens received a reprimand for relaying what women had told her about their experiences. WaPo published that medical evidence does not support the claim that IUDs can have a long-term impact on fertility.

There is no medical evidence.

The literature currently available on the return to fertility of women after the use of LNG IUD indicates that 70-75% conceive in 1 year. It also suggests that the rate for infertility following IUD removal could be twice as high as the 15% rate commonly reported in the general population.

According to some reports, the risk of infertility following IUD removal could be as high at 30%. Why can’t women talk about this?

There are also scientific studies on the effects of hormonal birth control on mental and emotional health.

Here’s one:

These findings indicate that mood changes are among the most commonly perceived side effects of HC. They also show a disconnect between the patients and the providers when it is time to discuss the possibility of psychological effects.

This study highlights a disconnect in the experiences of women patients with healthcare providers. Social media influencer Brittany Martinez who promoted a birth-control detox regimen that was removed by TikTok responded to the article with the same sentiments.

What questions SHOULD you be asking? Why are so many doctors dismissing and gaslighting women to the point that they turn to social media for answers from women who have lived their experiences?

Where can women find reliable alternatives to hormonal contraception? You’ve chosen to shame and blame the women who are the real victims of this.

I am reminded of a recent incident when you shamed or dismissed many women who claimed that the Covid-19 vaccination was negatively affecting their menstrual cycles.

I was called a “conspiracy theorist” and slandered because I founded the first women’s magazine to break the story of the vaccine affecting the menstrual cycle.

How did we find out that it was taking place? We listened to tens of thousands of women. We didn’t say, “That won’t happen to you.” But it turned out that we were right. The covid vaccine, among other issues, harms women’s periods. This is now indisputable.

We saw that the information deemed authoritative by COVID-19 or social media censorship was neither informative nor authoritative. Now, the battle for health information has shifted to abortion-centric issues that are dominating public discourse.

I am not convinced that women’s experiences with birth control are as dangerous, unfounded, or conspiratorial, as some have suggested. I found plenty of information to support the women’s reports. The left is using the abortion narrative to undermine all freedoms in America… Why don’t they allow women to discuss their reproductive health?

I’m not here to offer any reproductive advice, but instead, I want to let women speak.