Viagra vs. Beginning Management

A few months ago, I was sitting at the bar at my favorite watering hole, having a beer and waiting for dinner. A woman sat down next to me and started a conversation (which is perfectly appropriate for this small New England village). It wasn’t long before I found out that she was involved in local politics. She asked what I do for a job and I explained that I was a sex therapist who specializes in sexual medicine for men. The first thing that came out of her mouth was, “Okay, can you tell me what’s wrong with you? Men that Viagra is insured and birth control isn’t?” I was a bit surprised by the question because the belief she was speaking with was completely at odds with its accuracy.

The fact is, most insurance companies don’t cover erectile dysfunction drugs. These are considered “lifestyle drugs” and are not covered by the majority of insurance companies. Yes, the top-notch insurance policies that cost thousands of dollars a month cover these drugs. But for most men, sex drugs (oral drugs, injectable drugs, suppositories, etc.) are not covered at all. Even with the advent of generics, these drugs may be out of reach for many men in lower economic classes.

Conversely, birth control is more accessible with Obama’s care. The vast majority of insurance companies have birth control coverage, and places like Planned Parenthood also play an important role in providing this coverage. Birth control pills are often used for illnesses, not always for contraception.

Back to my beer, the next 10 minutes of talking to this woman who was sitting next to me at the bar were spent offering information to address her claim. After a few minutes the whole bar had joined the conversation; Such is the life of a sex therapist! There are many battles to be fought in our culture, but it doesn’t help anyone pitting one gender against another based on misinformation.

This issue was revived when the Supreme Court ruled that employers can opt out of the Affordable Care Act and require birth control if they have religious objections to contraception. This sparked a flurry of tweets, opinions and messages from politicians and activists. This article goes into greater detail on Viagra accessibility and birth control.

Sexual health is still a difficult issue in our culture. Even the medical profession has a hard time dealing with it. When it comes to sex education, we’ve cut our work out for ourselves. It is important to educate yourself on topics such as sex medicine.

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to learn more about your sexual health, please contact us for a free telephone consultation or to make an appointment.

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