Birth Control Pills for Medical Use
Birth control pills can be prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions. More than half, 58%, of all pill users rely on the method for purposes other than pregnancy prevention—meaning that only 42% use the pill exclusively for contraceptive reasons (Hospital). When a person pays for his or her own medical care, the decision whether to use birth control is individual and private. When medical care is paid for by an employee’s health insurance, however, an employer is paying for other people's medical care. When government subsidies for health insurance are included, taxpayers pay for another person’s health care costs. In the dispute over funding of health insurance, some businesses religious organizations argue against being forced to pay for certain medications and procedures. For those who consider birth control to be immoral, having to pay for birth control pills creates a conflict with their conscience (Talbot). As such, birth control pills not included in some employers’ health insurance plans. Would it still be considered a sin, however, if the birth control pills are needed to treat a medical disorder unrelated to birth control? Birth control pills should not be mandated by universal health care for contraception purposes, but should be allowed for treating other medical conditions. Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are primarily intended to prevent pregnancy, but they also offer a number of additional and immediate health benefits, particularly for women who experience menstrual-related disorders. OCPs contain one or two types of synthetic female hormones, estrogen and/or progestin (Hospital). Similar hormones are normally made by the ovaries. Complications arise when there is a chemical imbalance between these hormones. Adolescent girls and young women are frequently prescribed birth control pills for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, irregular or absent menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, and...
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