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Should there be a mandate that makes insurance companies cover birth control?

I understand the state of our population rate. I understand the effectiveness in birth control. I am pro birth control, but does this mean I must be pro-health-insured-coverage-of-birth-control?

How about the environmental effects of estrogenating our water, at a rate of miligrams/pill/day * ~38,000,000 women in the US alone taking oral contraception pills one can see the bioaccumulation effect of estrogen down the road. Other medical concerns arise as well.

I do see birth control effectively doing its job in preventing pregnancies.
Help me out on this discussion.

  • Apr 15 2013: Is this really so expensive as to warrant all the arguements? Also, there are many methods.
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      Apr 15 2013: You are paying the same expense for your health insurance, which having health insurance at all is wonderful, but it seems to be in 2011 Obama enacted a new requirement, effective Jan 01 2013, which states health insurance companies must cover birth control with no copay, a federal health department decision. The link to this news is: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/womenshealth/story/2011/08/Federal-health-department-approves-free-birth-control-for-women/49755156/1 Also, state-run health departments cover certain types of birth control free of charge. There does need to be more encouragment, more strict rules on public display (e.g., I don't want to see "SEX" in large letters written on a magazine in a grocery store, at 5-year old eye level mind you - this doesn't help our case here...), and finally perhaps ads on TV letting people know about their options - teenagers see this stuff too.
  • Apr 15 2013: No problem, I'm assuming with bioaccumulation over the years and at the rate of miligrams/pill/day/woman * 38,000,000 women in the U.S. alone will result in high numbers of synthetic estrogen entering the environment.
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    Apr 15 2013: Wow, I had no idea. I've heard of the medications we take, at least in America, and those that might be disposed of through our sewer systems impacting the environment, but that is something I hadn't considered.

    Birth control has only been around for I think maybe 60 years now, so the reprocussions such as what you have mentioned may not have been previously considered but might end up being an issue in the near future. Very interesting, anyway. Thanks for the response!
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    Apr 15 2013: What on earth is this estrogenating of our water? This sounds scary, and how would this affect the male population? I've never heard of this proposal before - is this a new idea?
    • Apr 15 2013: Owen and Jobling studied ethinyl estradiol, a type of synthetic estrogen found in many birth control pills. In humans, it does the job it's supposed to do and controls pregnancy, but once it is released into the environment (via wastewater), it might have the potential to create deformities in aquatic organisms and other animals. For example, according to their research, male frogs and fish may become "demasculinized" by exposure to ethinyl estradiol, affecting their ability to reproduce.
      * Robert Owen is a ecotoxologist at the University of Brunel, I would say this a credible source.