Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Viagra Effect


If I read this or any version of this argument again my brain with explode, or implode, or cry, or maybe all three in the perfect storm of internet induced brain injury.

"The insurance companies had no problem covering Viagra...what the hell."





Of course insurance companies should pay for Viagra! Insurance companies should pay for things that restore the body to a state of health, things that make it work the way it should, things that fix problems.  Hormonal contraceptives don't actually do anything to treat a woman using it as contraception. Instead they take a totally healthy woman and break her wonderfully fine tuned reproductive system. Considering the way insurance companies work, and I've had my fair share of talking to insurance companies and trying to get them to cover things that patients actually need, why in the hell should they pay for something that actually ruins a perfectly healthy system?

Now insert the claims of hypocrisy, I've heard them before. How dare I betray my gender and favor insurance companies paying for men to have sex and leave women stranded? How repugnant, right?

This may be a radical thought here but I think taking our healthy, working fertility and equating it to a man's embarrassing struggle with impotence is what's truly offensive to women. How warped have we become that our societal mentality is that our fertility is as incompatible with sex as impotence? If this is truly how we see ourselves, our healthy bodies equated to a man's diseased and disabled state then we're in pretty sad shape.

13 comments:

  1. Great post, Katie! I especially love this: "How warped have we become that our societal mentality is that our fertility is as incompatible with sex as impotence?"

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  2. PREACH. And I second what Mandi said. "How warped have we become that our societal mentality is that our fertility is as incompatible with sex as impotence?" - best line. Points out such a sad truth.

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  3. Great point. We are healthy. We don't need to be repaired.

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  4. What a wonderful post! I have heard so many arguments that are just as ridiculous. I completely agree that it is off base to compare something that destroys a woman's body to an embarrassing medical situation that some men face. It just doesn't make any sense!

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  5. I may be the lone detractor here, but please bear with me. I'll be interested to read the responses, and suggestions for fixing my "issue" naturally, as I'd prefer not to be on hormonal medications.
    I never had regular cycles. I'd go months on end without and then have debilitating pain and migraines when it would finally arrive. Nothing I tried fixed the problem until I was put on BC pills.
    At the time I was working for a Christian university, and my doctor had to sign paperwork that I was not using the pill for "recreational sex" (their words, not mine). Meanwhile, the doctors of men didn't have to provide documentation that they were not using the Viagra for "recreational sex".
    While I completely agree that one deserves to have medications to restore normal healthy function to their body, I don't think it is fair that both genders are not held to similar standards of conduct. Yes, cover the medication. Yes, restore normal working bodies. But, if the employer/insurance can require me to behave a specific way, why can't we ask the same of men?

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    1. I completely agree. If they insist that women getting hormonal contraceptives submit a form that says "I'm not using this product in a way deemed illicit by my insurance provider" then the same should be done for Viagra with men. It's hypocritical to not do the same to each.

      Also, I don't know if you've heard of NaPro Technology (Natural Procreative) but it can do wonders for women suffering from irregular cycles and dysmenorrhea. Check out fertilitycare.org if you're interested, or let me know if you'd like to know more about. :)

      Lastly, to clarify in this post I was specifically talking about those using hormonal contraceptives as contraception. ("Hormonal contraceptives don't actually do anything to treat a woman using it as contraception.") :)

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    2. It sounds like you should be looking into NaPro which actually has a real chance at fixing your problem. BC won't fix your what is wrong with you, it will cover up the symptoms and allow the disease to progress.

      By charting and working with yoru NaPro doctor you can identify the root cause of the problem and address the actual issue you are being afflicted with.

      A fore runner in this is the Pope Paul VI Institute.

      http://www.popepaulvi.com/

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  6. Our societal mentality is indeed warped. We began by removing the conjugal act from marriage to make it a sex act. The conjugal love that involved self-donation became a selfish act, and when procreation was removed, the act was now, not only impaired and outside God's purpose for it, but it was a travesty, calling it "love," when love considers not only the other, but the why of being married.

    In light of a No God mentality, and a No Procreation mentality, same sex marriage makes perfect sense. What could God have been thinking when He commanded, "Be fruitful and multiply."?

    To be sure, insurance companies and our society as a whole have in truth conveniently forgotten God.

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    1. No, insurance companies and society have no "forgotten" about God, they simply don't use religion as a factor in decision making. Remember, that little thing call separation of church and state?

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  7. It should also be noted that Vigra was first and foremost designed to be a heart medicine and it actually still gets used that way (if you have a baby with heart problems in the NICU you may be suprised to find out your child was given viagra).

    So not only do we have the truths presented here, but we also have the fact that this particular function of viagra is technically a side effect of the primary pulminary function. So yes viagra should certianly be covered by insurance.

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