We all know what we want to do with our bodies – our body, our business, right?
Well, not in the case of this one TikToker who claims she was refused surgery to tie her tubes, despite the fact she knows she definitely does not want children.
Olivia Downs said she was denied tubal ligation when she asked her doctor for the surgery.
When asked to get her tubes tied, 22-year-old Olivia said her doctor refused, arguing she may change her mind so should not have the permanent procedure done.
After leaving the gynaecologist’s office, Olivia took to TikTok to complain about her treatment, posting a clip to her account @lvdwns.
The video, which she captioned ‘got the death sentence today’, has since been viewed over two million times, and has sparked a conversation on the app about the treatment of childfree women.
“Hi Mrs gynaecologist my name is Olivia,” she begins the video, “I never want children, I’ve had this made up in my mind since I was old enough to think of the concept, can I please have my tubes tied?”
She then said that she was then told that no she couldn’t get her tubes tied, as this was permanent
When she said that she knew it was permanent but still wanted to get this done, Olivia says she was then told “well you might meet Mr Right and change your mind.”
“No, that’s not in my plan,” Olivia argues, “it’s not in my five-year plan, it’s not in my ten-year plan, my 50-year plan, I don’t want that.”
Despite being told this, the doctor was still adamant that she might change her mind in a few years and instead gave her a leaflet about getting an IUD.
Olivia was not interested in this as it can cause bleeding and cramping for three months – and she just wanted the procedure she’d requested.
People in the comments backed Olivia, with one writing: “People need to understand NOT wanting kids!!!!!”
Other women understood exactly what she’d been through, as it had happened to them too.
“Mine gave me the run around like this since I was 16 and asked. At 25 I said if I get pregnant 100 times I’ll have 100 abortions. He scheduled my tubal ligation for that same appointment,” said one woman.
Another wrote: “’You might meet Mr Right’ ma’am I’m a lesbian so no, now tie my tubes!”
“An adult can make a decision about their own body… if they regret it, that is on them. That is not for a doc to decide. Makes me livid,” argued one commenter.
One mum shared that even after having kids she was denied a tubal ligation: “I’m a mom. A mom of FOUR BOYS and got denied because I ‘might want a girl one day.’”