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A woman who wants to remain ‘childless’ says a gynecologist refused her request for tubal ligation due to her age and romantic future.
Olivia, a 22-year-old college student from Massachusetts, re-enacted the alleged conversation she had with an OB/GYN woman for her followers on TikTok.
“Hi, Ms. Gynecologist. My name is Olivia. I never want kids,” she begins, reaching for the camera, mocking an introductory handshake.
“I’ve had this idea in my head since I was old enough to think of the concept,” Olivia continued. “Can I please have my tubes tied?”
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Olivia, who omitted her last name on TikTok, went on to say the doctor told her ‘no’ because the procedure is ‘permanent’, and instead suggested an intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of control. births.
“You might meet Mr. Right and change your mind,” Olivia said, the doctor told her.
Olivia says she repeated that she had her mind set and would not regret having her tubes tied.
“No. It’s not my plan,” Olivia asserts in response to the refusal. “It’s not in my five-year plan, it’s not in my 10-year plan, my fifty-year plan. I don’t want that.”
Olivia says the doctor denied her request once again based on the procedure’s permanence and the slim chance she could change her mind in the future.
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The doctor allegedly gave Olivia a brochure for a copper IUD, which she held up to the camera as she sat in her car.
Olivia says the doctor went on to tell her that the IUD she recommends has the same rate of effectiveness as tube tying, but has the side effect of uterine cramping that can last for months after insertion. .
“No, no thank you,” Olivia concludes.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Olivia for comment.
A week after his video was posted on TikTok, the clip has been viewed over two million times.
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Thousands of commenters weighed in on the subject and the vast majority agreed with Olivia’s wishes over Ms. Gynecologist’s warnings.
“People need to understand that they do NOT want kids!!!!!” a commenter wrote.
“I’ve always hated the ‘what if you meet a man’ argument [because] …yes … let’s make life decisions on the chance of a man coming on the scene,” another commenter wrote sarcastically.
A TikTok user said he was shocked that Olivia left the doctor’s office and encouraged her not to give up.
“How do you leave right after that??” the user wrote. “I can’t imagine a doctor refusing my request just because he said so??? It hurts my brain, please keep insisting!”
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Tubal ligation is a birth control procedure in which the fallopian tubes are either “blocked or cut” to prevent sperm from meeting an egg, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Candidates for tubal ligation include adult women who are in a “stable relationship” where both partners do not want children, have a health condition that makes pregnancy a serious health risk, or do not want transmit a genetic disease, says John Hopkins on its website.
In Massachusetts, where Olivia lives, according to her TikTok biography, there is no age requirement for tying the tubes. However, women who want to use federal insurance (like Medicaid) to cover the cost of the procedure must be at least 21 years old to have the procedure, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Tubal ligation requirements may vary from state to state and depend on the patient’s insurance plan or personal funds. Still, many women have spoken out – saying it’s hard to find a doctor to agree to do the procedure when they’re young or childless.
The childless hashtag on TikTok – which has over 334.9 million views – is one place where women have relayed their experiences.
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The women also took to the childless subreddit to share their stories. The online community has over 1.4 million members.
In an October 2020 report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, data on the “current status of contraception among women” aged 15-49 in the United States (2017-2019) showed that 18, 1% of women have turned to female sterilization as a form of childbirth. control.