The pumps have skyrocketed in popularity since 2007, when Medicare ruled that Viagra, and similar drugs for erectile dysfunction, were ‘lifestyle’ drugs and not medically necessary.
Last year, Medicare paid out $36 million — more than 160,000 vacuum devices.
So, wait a damn minute! Men always find a way to get help in treating their sexual dysfunction while women are left to twist in the breeze. Remember the disrespectful way women wanting a little insurance coverage for safe birth control were treated not so long ago?
Always, always the double standard. Women aren’t supposed to be sexual beings and that’s why natural sexual enhancers like Zestra can’t get advertising spots on national television. According to the American Medical Association, 43 percent of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, compared to 31 percent of men.
The question is when will we narrow the margins on this ugly double standard? On the outside it appears our country is so progressive when it comes to sex. But, clearly that’s not the case. What is OK for the man is definitely not OK for the women.
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