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'Shrill' Has Fans Wondering if the Claims About the Morning After Pill Are True


Last night I binged all six episodes of the new Hulu series Shrill, based on the bestselling book of essays by Lindy West. Aside from being funny and poignant, the series about Annie Easton — a fictionalized version of Lindy played by SNL's Aidy Bryant — the comedy dropped some major truth bombs about what it's like to be a fat woman (you can say fat, but please don't say it like it's an insult).

Here's what's true and what's not from the series — but be warned, there are some spoilers.

Studies do suggest emergency contraception is less effective for fat women.

I, for one, was yesterday years old when I learned the morning-after pill isn't effective for women over 175 pounds. According to a study published by the reproductive health journal Contraception, the risk of pregnancy for women in this weight range taking EC was about 6 percent, which is almost the same as the risk involved in taking no contraception. That said, there is limited data on this, which is why the FDA hasn't posted a warning on the packaging.