- “Bachelorette” star Clare Crawley is removing her breast implants after the devices caused hives.
- She spoke about her decision publicly so other breast implant recipients don’t feel alone.
- Crawley joins thousand of woman saying breast implants gave them rashes, fatigue, and nausea.
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“The Bachelorette” star Clare Crawley announced over Instagram that she is removing her breast implants, citing health reasons.
“My skin has been having really bad hives and rash. My whole body is just inflamed and itchy. I’ve had blood test after blood test. That is not my only symptom, but that is the most physical one,” Crawley said in a video on Sunday.
Although Crawley said she loves her breast implants, she said the devices are causing a rash that won’t heal.
“My body can’t heal. My body is in fight mode, constantly. It’s exhausting, it’s frustrating. It’s all making sense. My health is the most important thing. They are coming out.”
Crawley joins celebrities such as Ashley Tisdale and Chrissy Teigan, and tens of thousands of women who have spoken out about health issues linked to breast implants.
What is ‘breast implant illness’?
There is a number of illnesses that thousands of women believe to be linked with their breast implants: rashes, fatigue, and nausea – otherwise known as breast implant illness. Other breast implant recipients said the devices caused hair loss and a rare type of cancer.
Despite thousands of women saying their implants have caused a myriad of health issues, many doctors say “breast implant illness” isn’t a formal diagnosis.
Still, the FDA now requires breast implants to come with a black box warning (the most serious kind) and some doctors are refusing to do the cosmetic surgery.
‘It might help others feel not so alone’
Crawley talked about her illness publicly because she doesn’t want other breast implant recipients to feel isolated. “I’m sharing this in hopes that it might help others going through something similar feel not so alone,” Crawley said.
Michelle Visage, a RuPaul’s Drag Race judge, is another vocal advocate aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of breast implants. In her recent documentary “Explant,” Visage delves into the history of breast implants and features women whose side effects have been dismissed by doctors.
“This has all to do with what I feel like, and to let women know that they are not crazy,” Visage previously told Insider.