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Ashley Tisdale removed her breast implants after experiencing strange stomach issues. Thousands of women have reported similar symptoms.

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  • Actress Ashley Tisdale made an Instagram story to celebrate the anniversary of having her breast implants removed.

  • She had the implants removed after experiencing stomach problems and food sensitivities.

  • Thousands of breast implant patients have reported feeling pain, fatigue, and nausea due to the devices.

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Ashley Tisdale had her breast implants removed a year ago.
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"High School Musical" actress and singer Ashley Tisdale shared a selfie showcasing her chest to celebrate the anniversary of having her breast implants surgically removed, People magazine reported.

"Got my implants taken out a year ago, got pregnant, and now have natural boobs. Life is funny," 35-year-old Tisdale wrote in the Instagram story she made to commemorate the procedure. In April, she gave birth to her now-2-month-old daughter Jupiter.

Tisdale first revealed her decision to remove her implants in an August Instagram post. She said she started to experience food sensitivities and "gut issues" after having implants. She didn't reveal how long she had the breast implants before getting them removed in the winter of 2020.

Tisdale's experience parallels that of an increasing number of people who have fallen ill after getting breast implants.

Some breast implants have been linked to a rare cancer

In March 2019, the FDA held a hearing on the safety of breast implants after officials received hundreds of reports that women with breast implants had developed a rare form of cancer called breast-implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, Insider previously reported. In July, Allergan, the manufacturer that produced the majority of implants linked BIA-ALCL, voluntarily recalled them.

The hearing prompted a larger conversation on the side effects of breast implants.

For years, some breast implant patients have speculated the devices could be causing a cluster of symptoms often referred to as "breast implant illness." Instances of this mysterious illness, which can cause hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and chronic pain, have only been self-reported since no tests currently exist for it, cosmetic surgeon and implant removal specialist Dr. Jae Chun previously told Insider.

People are removing their implants due to pain, hair loss, and fatigue

Despite unanswered questions about the root cause of these symptoms, people are sharing their symptoms on social media and choosing to remove their implants for health reasons.

There are more than 250 online groups, pages, and communities dedicated to supporting women with breast implant illness, according to one advocacy organization's running list, Insider previously reported. One group alone has more than 96,000 members.

High-profile celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Chrissy Teigen, and Michelle Visage have also shared their decisions to remove breast implants.

Visage's upcoming documentary "Explant" will give a look inside the "RuPaul's Drag Race" judge's surgery decision and recovery process.

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