Supreme Court Rules Private Employers No Longer Have to Cover Women’s Contraception

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The ranks of employers agreeing to drop insured birth control for female employees made advancements in insurance coverage. The Supreme Court voted in the favor of for-profit companies who claim a religious exemption to the Obamacare requirement, Affordable Care Act, which requires health insurance coverage for contraceptives. It initiated those companies with more than 50 employees to cover preventive care services, which include contraceptives such as morning after pills, diaphragms and IUDs.

 

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling, at the end of last month, holds that private businesses or family-owned cannot be responsible to provide contraception benefits to employees if the owners find contraception as immoral or violation of their religious beliefs. Yesterday, the Senate, reportedly tried to restore the bill for free contraception for all, but was blocked. This coming in after statistics proven that 56 percent of privately insured women were taking advantage of the awarded benefits in 2013, as opposed to only 14 percent in 2012.

 

Contraception in our Columbus practice is offered in a variety of options, including Depo Provera, IUD, oral contraceptives (The Pill), permanent sterilization, nuvaring and tubal occlusion. Each technique is clinically safe and under evaluation, we help determine if they are a proven fit for your lifestyle.

 

The idea that birth control is 100 percent free is not entirely accurate, especially since most employer-based health care coverage plans have employees pay for their benefits from a percentage of their wages. Still, many for-profit owners find it unfaithful to their religion in that they are preventing God’s will by using contraception.

 

The fact is that contraception can help make a woman’s next pregnancy healthier by spreading births apart at an optimal rate of 18 months to 2 years. Unwanted pregnancies closely spaced together carry risks such as prematurity, low birth weight, and autism.

 

If your health benefits no longer cover contraception after the decision of this ruling then it will be in your favor to visit us and get the best contraception Columbus patients select most often.

 

The Secret to Easy, Effective Contraception

When it comes to safe sex, most women think of birth control pills or condoms to protect them from unwanted pregnancy. However, any method of birth control must be used consistently to work effectively. Doctors and scientists around the world agree that an IUD, intrauterine device, is one of the most effective methods of birth control.

Why are women still misinformed about IUD success rates? A huge flare of lawsuits in the 1970s and ‘80s put this method on the back burner as the contraceptive was found to increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease. Unfortunately, misconceptions persist as women believe that these devices continue to promote negative side effects and poor results today. These devices are advanced and approved for use in any woman today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have tested these items and along with implants, IUDs are effective in preventing pregnancy. Fewer than one in 100 pregnancies occur in women who use them.

Contraception and birth control is designed to avoid unwanted pregnancy and is available for nearly all sexually active women. IUDs are currently one of the most effective birth control products on the market and once in place women do not have to worry about birth control for years to come. They are small, plastic devices, inserted and left in the uterus, and depending on the type they can provide up to 10 years of protection.

How Do They Work?

There are three types available in the United States, including Mirena, ParaGard and Skyla, the new IUD. They each prevent fertilization by damaging sperm during sex.

They are similar to the functions of spermicide within the uterus. Copper IUDs cause the levels of copper ions, prostaglandins and white blood cells to increase within the uterine and tubal fluids. This impairs sperm mobility and stops the sperm from traveling through cervical mucus.

Hormonal IUDs thicken the cervical mucus which puts an end to sperm survival, while suppressing the lining of the uterus.

Which Style Is Right For You?

Mirena is the plastic IUD which releases the synthetic hormone, progestin to help the body keep sperm from reaching the cervix. These devices last up to five years and may give women lighter periods.

ParaGard, Mirena’s counterpart, is the copper IUD that is hormone-free, but does not reduce menstruation. The device is safe and tested to last up to 10 years for pregnancy prevention.

The newest IUD, Skyla is similar to Mirena. It is a plastic device that releases the same hormone, progestin to stop sperm in its tracks. It is smaller than Mirena and primarily for women who have yet to have their first child. Skyla lasts up to three years.

Benefits of IUD Use

IUD insertion is a safe procedure for all women. It does not interfere with sexual spontaneity and does not require daily attention from the patient. Women can experience multiple advantages with the use of IUDs, including:

  • Less than one percent risk of pregnancy

  • Long-acting birth control

  • Easy to use

  • Safe to use while breast feeding

  • Can be removed any time

  • Cost effective

IUD Awareness

Long-acting reversible contraception is expanding and according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, adolescents and adults who were at risk for unintended pregnancy were enrolled in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project. Participants of the study were provided IUDs from their abortion clinics and results saw a reduction in percentage of abortions. The rate of  teen pregnancy within the study was significantly lower at 6.3 per 1,000 compared to the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000.

The study as well as the effectiveness of IUDs prove that contraception for women is a must have to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are nearly 100 percent effective, affordable and could one day be a no-cost contraceptive. Make an appointment with Dr. Samuel and ask about IUD contraceptives today.