In a recent tweet which has now, thankfully, been deleted, podcast host @MissBriaJanay suggested a variety of "natural birth control options" women could use if they didn't have access to standard contraceptives.
There was only one problem: none of her suggestions were effective and some were even poisonous.
Although, if you fatally poison yourself you aren't likely to get pregnant so that's effective.
Twitter was quick to send up the warnings: DO NOT TRY ANY OF THESE BIRTH CONTROL METHODS!
@MissBriaJanay THESE DO NOT WORK— i fucking love abortion (@i fucking love abortion)1560254519.0
@MissBriaJanay no actually here’s the best way to go https://t.co/RUW5jVlZV0— madeline (@madeline)1560204586.0
These contraceptives are great for people who LOVE kids.
@MissBriaJanay If you use these, better start saving money for diapers.— OloriCoitus SexEducator (@OloriCoitus SexEducator)1560181724.0
@OloriCoitus @MissBriaJanay Or a casket.— Erika (@Erika)1560198241.0
Many people also wisely pointed out that pennroyal will literally kill you if you ingest it.
@TheOtherRich @adicloud @MissBriaJanay Or "dead". Pennyroyal is extremely toxic.— rosamundi (@rosamundi)1560196719.0
Condoms are by far the better option!
@MissBriaJanay ps use condoms !!!— billiewok (@billiewok)1560168804.0
@MissBriaJanay Not a single one of these is an effective birth control method. This is dangerous information and no… https://t.co/R3MCYogPQC— “Celia” (@“Celia”)1560203169.0
Sometimes herbal remedies can be very useful.
This is not one of those times.
@_celia_bedelia_ @MissBriaJanay If these things were effective they'd have been made into a pill and sold. There is… https://t.co/o1nT3zXlP5— Witness (@Witness)1560273191.0
He said, should I pull out? I said babe pull out your fork and knife cause we’re eatin wild yams https://t.co/EjYzhXyOjM— Alyssa Limperis (@Alyssa Limperis)1560276197.0
Before long, the tweet was removed, likely due to the dangerous nature of advice.
Hi @Twitter , As a botanist I can tell you this tweet with 1000s of shares could result in the deaths of women.… https://t.co/SQL7TPfy33— James Wong (@James Wong)1560249111.0
It is a disservice to women to recommend ineffective plants - & potentially fatal poisons - as birth control then t… https://t.co/zQFnj41mAy— Alix Fox 🏳️🌈 (@Alix Fox 🏳️🌈)1560250651.0
super into this because I've always wanted to be both pregnant AND dead https://t.co/egrCgyv43y— Rebecca Watson (@Rebecca Watson)1560265729.0
Safe, medically tested contraceptives should be readily available to all who need them.
Girls! Here's a way to injure or potentially kill yourself because men think you don't deserve rights. 💁🏻♀️ https://t.co/HvW53BLcD6— Vonny LeClerc (@Vonny LeClerc)1560232833.0
"Did you take the morning after pill?" "No, babe- I ate some figs. Same thang." 40 weeks later:… https://t.co/dm6w8TIRnr— Jaeda Laurez (@Jaeda Laurez)1560210012.0
The Black maternal mortality rate is too high for yall to be lying on this app about birth control methods. And pen… https://t.co/dw52a9XHTH— Dr. Big Bird 🐥 (@Dr. Big Bird 🐥)1560229148.0
Of course, if you'd like to roll the dice, there are other "natural" birth control methods that might work...
also having sex in the dark so the sperm cant find the egg https://t.co/Ywt0IutwBW— tomorrow!!! (@tomorrow!!!)1560267594.0
Good luck out there, everyone!
And remember...do NOT eat poisonous pennroyal to stop yourself from getting pregnant.
For medically sound birth control alternatives, the critically acclaimed book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health is available here.