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The Real Birth Control Misinformation

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Here is what’s going on: As reports of harmful side effects circulate on social media, medical professionals throughout the nation are noticing a new health trend: women stopping hormonal birth control. Legacy media reports a surge in misinformation.

  • Reaction: According to The Washington Post, women are stopping the pill “because of fear rather than facts,” and the movement against hormonal contraception is “fueled by influencers and conservative commentators.”

In actuality: The pill’s impact on hormone levels can raise the likelihood of mental health conditions like depression. Users are three to five times more likely to get blood clots, and it has been connected to cancer. Social media sites like Instagram and TikTok give women a forum to talk about their experiences and draw attention to birth control hazards that have always existed but have not received much attention.

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A market that is expanding: The overturning of Roe v. Wade encouraged many Americans to use birth control. The US market for contraceptives was forecast to be valued $8.3 billion in 2022, and it is predicted to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.16 percent through 2030.

  • In addition, this year saw the release of Opill, the first over-the-counter birth control tablet.

Why is it important? Based on women’s individual experiences, the media seeks to squelch concerns about real health hazards connected to hormonal birth control to support storylines promoted by the pharmaceutical business. Users who voice skepticism in response to the Washington Post’s article on TikTok are now being censored.

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