Do you qualify for VA disability for gynecological conditions?
In this post, we’ll answer that question and review VA ratings and eligibility for common conditions like infertility, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, and more.
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- VA Disability for Gynecological Conditions
- Service Connections for Gynecological Conditions
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VA Disability for Gynecological Conditions
Beginning in 2018, the new VA rating schedule for gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast was implemented.
The new rating schedule added several new diagnostic codes and ensured that women and men veterans were equally evaluated.
While several gynecological conditions warrant a 10% or higher VA disability rating, some don’t.
For example, the female sexual arousal disorder VA rating is 0% unless there is damage to the genitals. However, a 0% VA rating may still qualify you for certain benefits, including VA health care, dental care, vision care, and VA Life Insurance (VALife).
While infertility itself isn’t a VA disability, and there is no infertility VA rating, you may be eligible for disability benefits if you lose the use of your reproductive organs because of your time in the service.
While most of the conditions, for example, non-functional ovaries (Ovaries, atrophy of both, complete), may cause infertility, the VA provides disability ratings for functional impairment due to symptoms associated with non-functional ovaries and other specific conditions, NOT infertility.
If loss or loss of use of a creative organ due to service-connected “Ovaries, atrophy of both, complete” is present, VA will consider special monthly compensation under the provisions of 38 CFR 3.350(a).
- 20% if both ovaries are completely non-functional
- 100% if your entire uterus and both ovaries are removed
- 50% after the first three months
- 100% if your entire uterus is removed
- 30% after the first three months
- 100% for three months after surgery if one or both ovaries are removed
- 30% after those three months, if both ovaries were removed or one was removed, and the other doesn’t work
- 0% after those three months if one ovary is still intact and functioning
VA Disability Rating for Menstrual Disorder
If you have pelvic pain or heavy or irregular bleeding (menorrhagia), you may be eligible for a VA rating for menstrual disorder.
The menorrhagia VA rating depends on how much you can control the condition and is as follows:
- 30% if you experience symptoms despite treatment
- 10% if continuous treatment helps your symptoms
- 0% if your symptoms don’t require treatment
It’s possible to have a 30% VA rating for menorrhagia that is later reduced to 10% if your symptoms improve.
Additional types of menstrual disorders:
- Secondary Amenorrhea
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Prolonged menstrual bleeding
VA Rating for Endometriosis
In addition to the potential 30% and 10% ratings listed above for menstrual disorders, a diagnosis of endometriosis may warrant the following VA rating for endometriosis:
- 50% if you have lesions involving bowel or bladder confirmed by laparoscopy, pelvic pain or heavy or irregular bleeding not controlled by treatment, and bowel or bladder symptoms
Note: A diagnosis of endometriosis must be substantiated by laparoscopy, a procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of your abdomen and pelvis.
VA Disability Rating for Miscarriage
There is no specific VA disability rating for miscarriage; however, it can lead to other conditions, including PTSD or depression, which could qualify for disability compensation.
In addition, your miscarriage could be caused by another gynecological condition, potentially leading to a VA disability rating.
We understand having a miscarriage is a devastating time, so getting the help and care you deserve is essential.
As a veteran, you are eligible for free counseling services through the VA, allowing you to speak with someone anytime.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
While there is no VA rating for IVF, you may be eligible for compensation regarding in vitro fertilization.
To be eligible for IVF, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are legally married
- You have at least one functioning ovary or cryopreserved eggs, and an intact uterus
- You have a service-connected condition causing infertility
- Your spouse has cryopreserved sperm or can produce sperm
VA Disability for Abnormal Pap Smear
Generally, an abnormal pap smear by itself isn’t considered a service-connected disability unless you can directly link it to your military service.
However, you should consider filing a claim if you receive a diagnosis after your abnormal pap smear and feel it was caused by your time in the military.
A pap smear is a regular procedure to check for cervical cancer in women, and we understand that receiving abnormal results can be scary.
What is an Abnormal Pap Smear?
An abnormal pap smear indicates the presence of abnormal cells or the human papillomavirus (HPV), which could mean a potential health issue related to cervical cancer.
An abnormal paper smear doesn’t automatically mean cancer, but that there were cell changes on your cervix.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that HPV typically causes abnormal changes in your cervix. If you receive an abnormal pap smear, it’s essential to follow up with your doctor for appropriate treatment.
What is the VA Disability for HPV?
You can receive a VA disability rating for HPV if you can prove you contracted the virus during your service.
HPV is most commonly transmitted through sex or close skin–to–skin contact during intercourse.
While you may not be eager to discuss the condition, addressing whether you are owed benefits and compensation is crucial.
If your HPV becomes cancer, you may qualify for a service-connected diagnosis and receive VA disability.
If you can prove your cancer is service-connected, you will receive 100% VA disability while the cancer is active.
Service Connections for Gynecological Conditions
To qualify for a service-connected VA disability for gynecological conditions, you must submit evidence of the following:
- A current medical diagnosis
- An in-service event, injury, or illness, AND
- A medical nexus linking the current diagnosis to the in-service event
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