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Birth Control and E.D. for Dummies: A Sex and Cost Comparison for Sluts and Others

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Surprisingly to those of us who managed to leave adolescence behind, a bizarre confusion between sex and health has been playing out for at least one loudmouthed simpleton.

So I'll spell it out for Mr. Limbaugh.

Granted, so-called "birth control" pills or "oral contraceptives" are unfortunately named. These medicines are actually hormone therapy. In fact, they are the type of hormone therapy least likely to cause side effects.

The Birds and the Bees

The "birth control pill" is a synthetic form of either one or two hormones which are produced naturally in the body. These hormones, estrogen and progestin, regulate a woman's menstrual cycle.

Contraception is only one of many reasons that this medication may be prescribed.

The type of hormone therapy, dubbed "The Pill" in the sixties, and still generally referred to as birth control pills or oral contraceptives, is often prescribed for the following symptoms:

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To reduce menstrual cramping.
To decrease anemia.
For protection against pelvic inflammatory disease.
To prevents ectopic pregnancy for women who are at particular risk for this potentially life-threatening condition.
To reduce or cure acne.
To reduce symptoms of fibrocystic breast conditions.
To reduce risks of ovarian cysts.
To prevent homonal fluctuations that are responsible for excessive bleeding, cramping, headaches and other discomforts.
Some studies indicate that The Pill can help prevent osteoporosis.
There are also indications that in some cases The Pill may contribute to lessening PMS symptoms


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So, birth control pills would more accurately be called Hormone Therapy Tablets, since they are prescribed for so many health considerations other than birth control. (Please note: like all medications, this type of Hormone Therapy Tablet may have side effects, and these should be taken seriously, and discussed with one's health care professional.)

By making menstrual cycles more predictable and less painful, and enhancing women's health in so many ways, the use of Hormone Therapy Tabs may result in less time missed from jobs or school. Therefore, they may be far more economical for the individual and society than dealing with the expenses of the health issues that they are designed to cure or prevent.

So, in no way should the use of Hormone Therapy Tabs be primarily associated with sexual activity.
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Limbaugh has focused the spotlight on the issue of spending taxpayers' money on a health care item that the uninformed believe is designed to enhance a promiscuous woman's sex life. So, let's compare the use of "The Pill" with a health care item that is primarily designed to enhance a man's sex life: Penile Implant Surgery.

Is That a Pistol in Your Pocket or Are You Happy to See Me?

Because I was providing a ride for someone attending a medical event, I found myself - unexpectedly and uncomfortably - sitting in on an excruciatingly thorough presentation on penile implant surgery. I was trapped in the middle of the large auditorium, unable to make a genteel escape.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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Poor Rush has a problem and we should sympathize. ... by Phil Linehan on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 8:48:35 AM
loved the punchline! ha! Thanks for your creative ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:28:10 AM
to our society in general.  Men can't get an ... by Shankari Kali on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:20:15 AM
...is that vegetarian guys generally don't have th... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:05:33 PM
As a veggie, non-smoking, happy person, I'm all fo... by Lise Stoessel on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:34:46 PM
The problem with health insurance is - you can't w... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 2:29:09 PM
Thanks, Meryl Ann for bringing these two issues to... by Lise Stoessel on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:45:20 AM
...that Mr. Limbaugh inspires some of my best work... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:06:49 PM
hello Mrs.Butler  just wanted to congratulat... by tao on Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 1:17:51 AM
I appreciate your comment, and glad you liked the ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 11:41:26 AM
....but there is also a vaccumn device that men ca... by Ginger McClemons on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 1:38:24 PM
"impotent men on the board of approvals" ... LOL .... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 4:01:45 PM
While reading this article I found some inaccuraci... by Mikhail Berman on Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:10:46 AM