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How Birth Control Torpedos Libido

[Update 10/8/2013 – at the bottom…]

My first post about birth control focused on cost — why the pharmaceutical industry’s contraceptive pills tend to be expensive. I’ve since realized that staying baby-free is much more important to women than the money spent on pills, no matter the cost. Given the choice between spending lots of money and likely becoming pregnant, women will spend the money, if they have it.

Every woman has a unique response to the pharmaceutical industry’s various birth control products. Some women can tolerate the $9/month generic. Others find they do better with the patent-protected pills that cost $100/month. Still others find that all “hormonal” birth control products are completely intolerable.

Birth control’s side effects are accepted as another cost to bear. The most ironic side effect is decreased libido. Many women find that the “hormones” they take so they can enjoy sex cause them to lose interest.

This is reflective of the industry’s chemical birth control products’ most fundamental problem: so-called “hormonal” birth control products don’t actually contain human hormones.

While the pills, implants and injections do a good job of suppressing ovulation and preventing pregnancy, all the side effects that women experience are caused by replacing Nature’s hormone with man-made chemical imposters.

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Why Birth Control Pills Are So Expensive

One aspect of the federally-mandated changes in insurance coverage of birth control products hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves.

The problem that reformers were addressing is that birth control prescriptions are expensive. It’s not just the $60 or $100/month for a pack of pills. There’s also the $60 or $100 for an appointment with a doctor, and the followup visits for prescription refills.

If birth control was safe enough to sell over the counter for a penny or a dime a pill like generic aspirin, there would be no controversy. Religious figures could continue their teachings about birth control (and NOT be expected to pay for it), and women would make their own choices about actions they think are right for them.