Thousands of women say their breast implants are making them sick, but have no diagnosis. Many are opting to remove them anyway.



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  • Business Insider Weekly spoke to more than 200 women who believe their breast implants made them sick.

  • Their illness is not officially recognized, and is contentious within the plastic surgery community. Experts say it requires more research before conclusive diagnoses can be made.

  • We followed three women through their journeys with discovering and living with what they are certain is breast implant illness.

  • View more episodes of Business Insider Weekly on Facebook.

More than 200 women told Business Insider Weekly they believe their breast implants made them sick with something called breast implant illness.

The condition is not officially recognized or diagnosed by the medical community, but it’s one that has sparked debate among doctors and patients over the last three decades.

While the vast majority of plastic surgeons still put implants in, some have begun dedicating their medical

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Something weird was going on with Laura Miranda’s left breast; the shape was changing. Two days prior to her noticing that something looked off, she’d had her first mammogram (breast cancer runs in her family, so she’s vigilant about getting the necessary tests). Now, her left breast seemed to be “deflated,” as she describes. It was June of 2016.

She’d gotten implants on a whim at 22 to fulfill the big-busted aesthetic ideal at the time. They were offered to her as a gift by the gym she worked for early in her career as a trainer—the athletic club had a partnership with a plastic surgery group, and she was meant to be a sort of walking advertisement for them.

She suspected the pressure from the x-ray machine had caused a leak in one of the implants since she’d previously

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