Elon Musk Tweets About Harmful Effects Of Hormonal Birth Control

In a surprising turn of events, Elon Musk, the trailblazing CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, weighed in on hormonal birth control and its side effects in a recent tweet. Musk not only highlighted the scientific consensus on the potential risks associated with "the pill" but also ignited a global conversation, echoing concerns that Evie has been voicing for years.

By Carmen Schober1 min read
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Musk's viral post, viewed by over 37 million people, bluntly states, "Hormonal birth control makes you fat, doubles risk of depression & triples risk of suicide. This is the clear scientific consensus, but very few people seem to know it."

Accompanied by links to a Time magazine article and a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Musk's message prompted an outpouring of personal testimonies from women sharing the adverse effects they've endured from hormonal birth control.

Evie writers have extensively documented the various dangers of hormonal birth control here, including but not limited to thyroid problems, cardiovascular issues, increased risk for certain cancers, and weakened immune function. You can read more about the other major risks here.

Among the voices amplified by Musk's post is Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate, who shared her ordeal with pseudotumor cerebri caused by hormonal birth control.

Andrea Mew, a writer for Evie, expressed her vindication in Musk's post, having been criticized for her warranted skepticism towards hormonal contraceptives.

"Birth control increases your risk of blood clots and stroke at a young age, but that risk goes up if you’re in your 30s or if you smoke. In addition to that, HBC has been shown to increase your risk for certain cancers like breast, ovarian, and liver cancer," Mew explained in 13 Reasons Why You Should Quit Hormonal Birth Control. "One other major health risk that is sadly underreported is how HBC causes immune system imbalances in your body, which can perpetuate autoimmune conditions. Hormonal birth control has made this generation of women sick with unique conditions our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have to deal with."

The outpouring of similar stories suggests a growing concern about the blanket prescription of hormonal birth control without serious discussion of its risks.

Evie's steadfast coverage of the drawbacks of hormonal birth control has laid the groundwork for this much-needed conversation. We have always championed a more informed and cautious approach to contraceptive use, emphasizing the importance of discussing potential side effects and exploring alternatives. The viral nature of Musk's post and the subsequent discussions suggest this could be a pivotal moment for changing the nature of women's health, and we are here for it.

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