The internet is filled with awful opinions that most of us ignore on a daily basis. This wasn’t the case with twitter user and podcast host Bria Badu was heavily criticized after tweeting that papayas and wild yams were an effective method of birth control.
The tweet, which has now been deleted, said: “Girls! Here are some natural birth control options.” There was a graph attached that showed off some fruits and plants with an explanation on why they were effective in preventing pregnancies. None of these methods have been tested by professionals.
Mashable reports that while some of the foods listed on the graph have a historic precedent in managing birth control, others mentioned, like Pennyroyal oil, could be deadly for the people consuming it, containing tons of toxins that could induce abortions while dealing damage to people’s livers and kidneys.
Other plants listed on the graph have a record of inducing miscarriages with great risks, especially if consumed unsupervised.
Or a casket.
— Erika (@FawcettErika) June 10, 2019
ps use condoms !!!
— billiewok (@wastronaut_) June 10, 2019
Hi @Twitter ,
As a botanist I can tell you this tweet with 1000s of shares could result in the deaths of women.
It needs taking down, fast.https://t.co/IaQSnMjIrf
— James Wong (@Botanygeek) June 11, 2019
While it’s understandable to want to avoid putting harmful chemicals in your body, DIY methods are not the way to go, especially when it comes to something as delicate as birth control. Do some research on contraception methods and always stay informed. Do not trust social media when it comes to dispensing vital health information.