Menstruation and the bodies of people who do it can be an ever-complicated and mysterious thing.
That’s probably why a TikTok midwife went viral for videos explaining the anatomy and mechanics of childbirth.
It started with a silly, brief video about a speculum during quarantine, and then her following exploded.
Midwife Sarah Pringle, @midwifemama, has been using TikTok to educate the masses, including her more than 700 thousand followers, for the past year.
As she told BuzzFeed:
“I posted a funny speculum TikTok and started to gain followers. I realized that people want to know about their bodies and their health. This led me to create educational content featuring common office procedures, women’s health products, and the basics of childbirth.”
She’s made dozens of videos–enough to support a 9th grade Health class for the entire semester.
Using 3-D models and set to catchy music, Sarah demonstrates things as mundane as where a tampon rests after insertion:
And a clear representation (at last!) of exactly what the doctor is poking and squeezing during your annual pelvic exam.
She shares specifics on different types of birth control from the ring:
to IUD insertion:
She also offers advice for products to quell troublesome yeast infections.
But it’s Sarah’s videos about dilation and childbirth that have proven the most popular.
This one, demonstrating checking fetal position within the cervix, garnered over 10 million views:
And this cervical check illustrating different dilation ranges has been viewed more than 13 million times.
Sarah is definitely providing a much needed service, and people are here for it, as evidenced by her views, likes, and shares.
Sexual health education is so important.
It’s great when educators can find a way to meet people where they are.
What do you think? Did you learn anything? Tell us in the comments!