Elon Musk’s Commentary on Hormonal Birth Control Sparks Viral Discussion; Women Share Their Adverse Experiences

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, ignited a discussion on Friday by sharing his thoughts on the side effects of hormonal birth control pills. His post prompted numerous women to respond, sharing their own negative experiences with the contraceptive.

Hormonal birth control, commonly known as “the pill,” is widely used among women and girls and is sometimes prescribed for reasons as minor as acne. However, despite its prevalence, the side effects of the pill are often overlooked. In recent years, some women have begun to speak out about discontinuing the pill due to these side effects.

“Hormonal birth control makes you gain weight, doubles the risk of depression, and triples the risk of suicide,” Musk stated in his post on X. “This is the clear scientific consensus, but very few people seem to know it.”

Musk’s post has garnered over 37 million views, sparking a significant conversation on the topic.

Following his initial post, the CEO of SpaceX shared a link to a Time magazine article that emphasized the heightened risk of suicide linked to the use of hormonal birth control. Additionally, he provided a link to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, which revealed that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of suicide attempts and triples the risk of suicide.

Among the responses to the post were women praising Musk for raising awareness of the issue and recounting their personal experiences.

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who has since become a pro-life advocate, shared her story: “Hormonal birth control gave me pseudotumor cerebri, which causes debilitating headaches and, if untreated, blindness,” she wrote. “I will have to be on medication for my entire life or risk losing my sight.”

“Fertility is a sign of HEALTH!!!” Johnson emphasized. “Don’t take a pill to break something that is working! I’m so thankful to have gotten off that crap and now have 8 beautiful children.”

Ashley St. Clair of The Babylon Bee shared her personal journey after being on hormonal birth control for almost a decade, starting at the age of 14.

“I was prescribed the pill at just 14 years old to treat acne. A few months later, I found myself in therapy for the first time in my life, despite having no previous history of depression,” she recounted. “Shortly after, I was also put on an SSRI. Despite discussing my declining mental health with my doctors numerous times over nearly a decade of being on the pill, not one suggested that it might be the hormones I was taking daily contributing to my struggles.”

“In hindsight, after years of being on birth control, being prescribed the pill for ‘acne’ felt like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut,” St. Clair reflected. “Countless women across the United States and worldwide share a similar experience to mine—feeling completely overwhelmed by the effects of a pill their doctors assured them was relatively ‘harmless.'”

“I’ve been (wrongfully) slandered time and time again as an anti-science conspiracy theorist for highlighting the valid reasons why we shouldn’t interfere with our natural hormonal processes,” writer Andrea Mew shared, alongside screenshots of her articles discussing the subject published in Evie magazine. “Could this signal a shift in mainstream perspectives regarding hormonal birth control?”

“I CAN VOUCH FOR the weight gain and mood swings, etc. I took this stuff for about 2 years as a very young wife,” another woman responded to Musk. “Hated the way it made me feel, and stopped taking it. I’m a grandmother now … never regretted getting off the pill. I feel the same way about many modern meds. Be careful folks and listen to your body.”

Other women joined the conversation, highlighting the heightened risks of both breast cancer and cervical cancer associated with the use of hormonal birth control pills.