Birth Control Vs. E.D. Drugs

The Supreme Court has been busy, among the recent decisions they have made is in the case of Hobby Lobby. An over simplification of the issue at hand was that the owners of Hobby Lobby believe that certain types of birth control cause abortions and they didn’t want those included in their health insurance plans; due to long held religious beliefs. Beliefs that the Supreme Court agreed they could force upon their employees who may not share their religion. They also said that the government provided a work around solution for religious institutions that could be used. Since then the Supreme Court has clarified that all contraception falls under their decision and has in the days since granted a request by a college to block any enforcement against the school for refusal to comply with the contraceptive mandate.

There are many articles and comments out there about the decision, from gloom and doom to celebrations. In reading the articles and the comments one argument stood out among the sea of typical talking points:

  • Erectile Dysfunction Drugs are for a medical purpose, outside of just allowing sex
  • Erectile dysfunction drugs don’t cause abortions

When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction drugs their only stated purpose, and medical benefit is to allow men to have sex via helping with a poor libido (sex drive), ejaculation, and getting and maintaining an erection. There are several causes for Erectile Dysfunction including:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Hardening of the Arteries
  • Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Drug Abuse
  • Too little exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Some medications including blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, and tranquilizers
  • Cyclists who ride for several hours a week

In short Erectile Dysfunction drugs allow men of all ages, and lifestyles, to continue to have as much sex as they want.

Pregnancy is caused primarily by sexual intercourse. The number one cause of an abortion is a woman getting pregnant by a man. Therefore logic follows that Erectile Dysfunction drugs that allow a man to keep having sex; do in fact, cause abortions. So why aren’t companies with such deeply held religious beliefs demanding to remove them from insurance coverage?

Seriously, why do I; a woman, have to pay higher premiums for a man to be able to have as much recreational sex as he wants? It’s a lifestyle choice. The majority of the causes for erectile dysfunction are caused by lifestyle choices. There is also the fact that treatments for erectile dysfunction have been seen to cause prostate cancer. So now, I am not only paying higher premiums to cover the drugs I am paying to cover the cancer treatments caused by the drugs. All so a man can keep having as much sex as he wants.

There are non-medication alternatives to Erectile Dysfunction drugs including improvement to lifestyle, losing weight, and using a vacuum device to stimulate the penis into an erection prior to sex.

When it comes to birth control the primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy. However it also is used for other medical conditions:

  • Treatment for Acne, Excess Hair, and Hair Loss
  • Regulation of Menstrual Periods
  • Treatment for Irregular Menstrual Periods
  • Treatment for Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
  • May help prevent Functional Ovarian Cysts
  • Treatment for Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
  • Treatment for Endometriosis (when the tissue lining the uterus grows outside the uterus)
  • May be a treatment for Fibroid Tumors
  • Can be used to treat Breast Pain associated with a menstrual cycle
  • Treatment for PMS and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Also found to help with anemia
  • In 2008 a study showed that birth control lowered the risk for ovarian cancer.

Birth Control does have a list of side effects including: nausea, acne, weight gain, moodiness, and in rare cases blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, gallstones, and conflicting studies link it to breast and cervical cancer.

Medical decisions should be between a patient, their doctor, and whatever religion that patient holds. A simple solution would be for the government to allow all women to go get birth control insurance coverage from the insurance companies directly; or from the government. As with all medication there should be a co-pay associated with getting the medication. It shouldn’t be singled out to be free.

Take employers completely out of the equation.

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6 thoughts on “Birth Control Vs. E.D. Drugs

  1. Roseylinn, I hope your post gains a wide audience. Our world is already confusing enough, but when people make political issues out of things, the hypocrisies abound. What I also find of interest is most religious people do not “practice” the religious doctrines in their own religion. A significant majority of American Catholic women ignore the Church’s position on birth control.

    My take on this issue is contraception is greatly needed and wanted by men and women. I also think most people do not equate birth control with abortion. In my view, you want more of the former to prevent less of the latter. There is a high correlation between family size and poverty. I have advocated that Churches need to embrace birth control as part of their abstinence teaching as adults and teens are going to have sex. But, setting that aside, contraception should be part of any mandate on healthcare, especially if you are paying for a man to “get it up.”

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  2. Great post. BTG put me onto your post, and the whole birth control/ED argument is asinine, as you allude to. The hypocrisy is ridiculous.

    And the hypocrisy of the Hobby Lobby owner is over the top. He’s against abortion, but invests in companies making the pill and morning after products. He’s against abortion, but purchases the majority of the products in his stores from China, where abortions are free, widely available, and often mandated by the government.

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    1. Thanks. The hypocrisy is a bit over the top not only when it comes to the retirement investments but to the fact that they covered those very drugs for years until 2012. It was only when it became law and they were approached by a lawyer did they check to see the drugs covered under their current plan. Then and only then did they drop the two drugs they are against from coverage and file a lawsuit. In the court filing the family claimed that, “coverage of these drugs was not included knowingly or deliberately by the Green family.”

      I wonder why, if it was such an important part of their religious beliefs, didn’t they keep track of the medications their insurance covered prior to 2012?

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