Birthcontrolling: Really, America?
I cannot, for the life of me, understand the debate now over birth control. Even with two points being thrown about, it’s so illogical I honestly am worried about harming myself trying to so much as understanding it.
- People want birth control to be more difficult to access.
- People want abortions harder to access.
- Rinse and repeat.
Is it just me or are these two items just working against each other?
It makes sense for it to be covered. After all, they’ve found out that there’s many other uses for the pill (as one small example). We’re talking quality of life benefits here, not just the decreased risk of pregnancy. Those additional benefits:?
Here’s just a few:
Fewer PMS Symptoms
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals reports that the hormones in birth control pills also decrease many of the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). This includes breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain. In fact, it has been prescribed for this purpose (in addition to pregnancy prevention) for more than 40 years.
Lower Risk of Certain Cancers
According to the Human Reproduction Update, the risks of many types of cancers are lower in people who take birth control pills. Ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer and colorectal cancer risks are all reduced in women who use oral contraceptives, especially those containing estrogen.
Decreased Endometriosis Symptoms
Endometriosis is a painful condition that causes growth of uterine lining outside of the uterus. Birth control pills not only decrease some of the side effects of endometriosis, such as dysmenorrhea, but, according to the Human Reproduction Update, they can also reduce the rate of endometrial cell proliferation. In other words, they can decrease the tissue formation outside the uterine walls. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals report that up to 80 percent of women with endometriosis found birth control pills significantly reduced their symptoms.
Read more: Here
Yes, this is just a small percentage benefits of some birth control uses.
Clearly, birth control is typically used as just that. It’s primary use isn’t to help endometriosis. It’s plainly used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It’s a medically prescribed preventative measure.
So is Viagra.
Only one of these is under fire.
Now, obviously it’s used to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which honestly – is a good thing as well. I’m very much for educations on options and proper sex ed. I do believe that knowledge is a main factor in prevention of many issues, from teen pregnancy to quelling the spread of STDs.
Many of the same people are fighting against proper education of the topics as well. Which has been shown to have a negative outcome. abstinence-only simply does not work. I understand having ‘the talk’ with children isn’t easy, and it can be downright uncomfortable, but unfortunately it is important.
After all, what do people typically do when told ‘not to’ do something? Normally? They do it. Telling somebody, especially younger generations that something is forbidden makes it all the more alluring.
If they don’t learn from a reliable source, who will teach them?
We live in a society that is saturated with sexual messages. No matter how hard one tries, it’s almost impossible to prevent children from hearing and seeing some of these messages. Even if one were somehow successful in preventing their child from experiencing any of those messages, their friends or classmates likely will say something.
Education – proper education on the topic of prevention and safety can however teach them that it’s okay to say ‘no’ and how to protect themselves later in life. For teens as well.
Back to the point
Birth control itself is still seen as a primarily woman’s issue. While the argument about that not being ‘right’ can and should be brought to point, it isn’t the point of this post.
Preventing unintended pregnancy is in and of itself – very important. Reducing the rates, with health insurance options, can go a long way in pushing other issues as well. Many people are barely making ends meet, and having even a small burden lifted can go a long way.
We are talking about people who are trying to be responsible, who are trying not to have children for their own reasons. Why should they incur the costs of prevention, when it is a medical issue? As taxpayers, we’re paying for:
- Propecia (for balding and thinning hair)
- Tooth Whitening
- Viagra (and other erectile dysfunction treatments)
Now, obviously not all plans cover the above.