Video of a TikToker showing herself before and after birth control has sparked discussion among other people who have used hormonal birth control and experienced side effects.
The video posted by @okayemmmm reportedly shows the young woman before and after installing the Mirena IUD, a form of long-term contraception that is implanted in a person’s uterus rather than using a daily pill or patch.
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She writes in the overlay text: “Me a year ago before the Mirena IUD: When the curvy friend was referred to I thought I was chubby, had ‘thick thighs’,” reads a text overlay on the video. “I was scared to go to work after the IUD after gaining over 50 pounds, developing severe body dysmorphia and eating issues because of how I looked.”
Birth control is usually offered to young people by health care providers through oral, patch, injection, ring, or implant methods to prevent pregnancy, menstruation, or regulate hormones. Side effects can vary from method to method, but can include headaches, breast tenderness or enlargement, nausea, and irregular periods.
Some commenters have reported similar issues with their IUD leading to weight gain or other side effects, although studies have shown that there is no official link between contraceptive use and weight gain.
“My IUD was causing me major reproductive issues, including weight gain, and (my doctor) was super dismissive until I got an (eating disorder),” one commenter wrote.
“Same girl, I had the copper IUD and bled straight for six months,” wrote another commenter. “Took it out and almost a year later my period is still not normal.”
Others have reported side effects they claim to have had with other forms of hormonal birth control.
“The pill is driving me crazy and the IUD made me gain insane weight lol,” wrote one commenter.
“No, the Nuva Ring did that to me,” wrote another commenter.
“Had the same experience with the Nexplanon implant…. If only I could turn back time,” reads another comment.
The Daily Dot contacted @okayemmmm via a comment in the video as she could not be identified on other social platforms.
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*Initial publication: May 7, 2022 at 11:44 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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