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Friday, January 3, 2014

Did Obamacare Forget It Takes Two To Tango?

In the January Issue of Contraception Nguyen, Shih and Turok of Oregon Health Science Department has pointed out that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has authorized the provision of contraception and sterilization care for women, but there is no direct mandate to also counsel, cover (provide condoms) or quash (sterilize via vasectomy) the males! Although about a third of couples over 35 choose sterilization as their method of contraception, more women still get tubal sterilization than men get vasectomies. Vasectomies as the group points out in their discussion, is slightly more effective and slightly safer than female sterilization, although both methods are extraordinarily effective and safe. Female sterilization has some non-contraceptive benefits, such as some protection against ovarian cancer, I am not aware of any male non-contraceptive benefits from vasectomies. The author's actual advise to Obamacare and the health agencies that make health policies: don't forget that it takes two to tango (my words :) ) and make sure male contraception and contraceptive counseling is included in all plans. That's something to gab about!

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