What is it about?

There is an ongoing debate in both science and social media regarding hormonal birth control, which might cause more women to discontinue. This study explored the contraceptive pill (dis)continuation experiences of German Social Media Influencers on YouTube.

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Why is it important?

Few studies have focused on people's experiences after taking birth control pills. In addition, analyzing the portrayal of the (dis)continuation of the contraceptive pill on social media is important, as it might impact real-life contraceptive decision-making. This study adds valuable insights into the key symptoms of starting and stopping oral contraceptives by portraying the experiences of female YouTubers.


Research regarding the (dis)continuation of contraceptive pills focuses on the side effects and reasons for discontinuation. However, the period after discontinuation has not yet been widely explored. To fully understand the needs of contraceptive users, we must listen to their individual experiences to meet their reproductive rights goals.

Jana Niemann
Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg

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This page is a summary of: YouTube and the implementation and discontinuation of the oral contraceptive pill: A mixed-method content analysis, PLoS ONE, May 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0302316.
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