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What women's health services are available at VA?

We offer primary care, mental health care, specialty services, and gender-specific care to support your whole health. Work with your Women's Health Primary Care Provider to access available services:

  • General Health Services
    • Primary care including care for acute and chronic (long-lasting) conditions
    • Immunizations
    • Cancer screenings such as mammograms, Pap tests, and colonoscopies
    • Birth control, family planning, and preconception counseling
    • Menopause care
  • Well-being Services
    • Health coaching
    • Mind-body therapies, yoga, and stress reduction
  • Specialty Care Services
    • Gynecology care including infertility counseling, treatment for pelvic pain, and gynecologic cancers
    • Management of chronic or complex conditions
  • Maternity Care Services (fully covered, but services not provided at VA facilities)
    • Full physical exams, lab tests, and ultrasounds
    • Genetic tests and specialty consultations
    • Labor and delivery
    • First 7 days of newborn's care
    • Support for breast feeding
  • Mental Health Services
    • Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:
      • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
      • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
      • Posttraumatic stress disorder
      • Stress and adjustment concerns related to deployment
    • Care related to experiences of intimate partner violence
    • Military sexual trauma (MST) related care

Even if you are not eligible to receive other VA health care, you may still be able to get certain health care services, like care related to military sexual trauma (MST) (that is, experiences of sexual assault or sexual harassment during military service). All former service members and Veterans are eligible for one year of free mental health care services following discharge, regardless of discharge status.

Use this guide to help you get started with women's health services and other important resources.

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How do I know if I am eligible for health care at VA?

You may be eligible for VA health care benefits if you served on active duty and didn't receive a dishonorable discharge. Find out if you can get VA health care as a Veteran.

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How do I apply and enroll for VA health care?

You can apply online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits as a Veteran or transitioning service member.

If you would like help, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:

  • Enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Answering questions about eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans

WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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How do I make a medical appointment near me?

The fastest way to make all your VA appointments is usually to call the VA or community care health facility where you want to receive care. Find a location here.

If you can't find the facility or women's health services you're looking for, call, text, or chat online with our Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636. WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

You can also schedule, cancel, and manage some health appointments online through My HealtheVet.

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What do I do if I can't get through to make an appointment?

All of our medical centers have a Women Veterans Program Manager to help you coordinate services. If you are having difficulty scheduling an appointment, call your local facility and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

For urgent health conditions, go to your local VA urgent care walk-in clinic or the emergency room.

You may also call, text, or chat online with our Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636. WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Where will I receive my health care?

You can receive your care at VA medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, or Vet Centers. For some specialty services, like maternity care, VA covers the cost, but you will receive that care at a non-VA health facility close to you. Check with your Women's Health Primary Care Provider if you have questions on referrals for specialty services.

We also offer some health care services through telehealth, where you connect with a VA provider through a computer or mobile device. To set up telephone or video appointments, you can send your health care team a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting www.myhealth.va.gov. Find more information on video appointments.

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What if I am not sure where to start getting care?

The best place to start is the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC). Call, text, or chat online with the WVCC at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:

  • Enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Answering questions about eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans

WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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How do I find out if my health condition is eligible for disability compensation (monthly payments)?

You may be able to receive compensation for conditions that started or got worse in the line of duty. Explore disability eligibility here. If you have questions, a Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) representative at your nearest regional office can explain more. Find your nearest regional office.

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How do I report harassment at VA?

We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all Veterans. If you experience harassment while at a VA facility, please report the incident to the VA Police. You may also report it to the facility Patient Advocate who will ensure your report is relayed to the facility leadership.

You can also call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center at 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636). WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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What can I do if I have a complaint about a staff member or my care at VA?

Call, text, or chat online with our Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636. WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

You can also speak with a Patient Advocate at your VA. Call your VA and ask to speak with the Patient Advocate. Learn more about Patient Advocates.

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What maternity care services does VA offer?

Maternity care is provided by non-VA providers in non-VA facilities. A Maternity Care Coordinator (MCC) can help you coordinate maternity care and your other care at VA during your pregnancy. Maternity care services covered by VA include:

  • Full physical exams and lab tests
  • Prenatal education and screenings
  • Obstetrical ultrasounds
  • Genetic tests and specialty consults
  • Prescription drugs
  • Labor and delivery
  • 7 calendar days of newborn care, starting with the day of
  • Lactation support
  • Support and services in case of miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Social work and mental health services
  • Maternity Care Coordinators

Learn more about maternity care at VA.

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What infertility services does VA offer?

We offer a range of services to help you build your family. Infertility services available through VA include:

  • Infertility assessments and counseling
  • Laboratory blood testing
  • Imaging services, such as ultrasounds and X-rays
  • Hormone therapies
  • Surgical correction (e.g., endometriosis, polyps, tumors, or scars)
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Fertility medications
  • Artificial and intrauterine insemination
  • Tubal ligation (tube tie) reversal
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing)
  • Sperm retrieval techniques (including sperm washing for intrauterine insemination)

If you have a service-connected condition that causes infertility, you (and your spouse) may be eligible for:

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) or other forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services if:
    • You are legally married
    • Male spouses can produce sperm (or cryopreserved sperm)
    • Female spouses have an intact uterus and can produce eggs
  • Some adoption reimbursement of costs (up to $2,000)

Learn more about VA infertility services.

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What care does VA offer for me if I have experienced military sexual trauma?

We offer treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST and are ready to support you in whatever way will help you best. Note that you may be able to receive free MST-related care even if you are not eligible for other VA care.

MST-related services available through VA include:

  • An MST Coordinator available at every VA health care system who can answer any questions you have about MST-related services and can help you find and access VA services and programs
  • Free MST-related mental health and medical care at every VA medical center and many VA community-based outpatient clinics
  • Free MST-related counseling at Vet Centers
  • Residential (live-in) or inpatient programs for more intensive mental health treatment and support. Some facilities have separate residential programs for women only. All residential programs have separate sleeping areas for men and women

Learn more about eligibility for MST-related care and learn how to access MST-related care on our MST home page.

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What health services does VA offer for LGBTQ+ Veterans?

As a result of stigma, stress, and discrimination, LGBTQ+ Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in health care. We want you to be comfortable talking with your VA providers about all aspects of your life, so we can offer you the best care possible. VA is here to help you manage your health needs, including issues related to fertility and growing your family. Learn more about health services for LGBTQ+ Veterans.

For questions and help, there is an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at every facility to help you get the care you need. Contact the LGBTQ+ VCC at your nearest facility.

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How can I get help if I am experiencing homelessness or at risk for experiencing homelessness, or know another Veteran who is?

Contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-424-3838 for free, confidential help 24/7. A trained VA counselor can give you information about VA homeless programs, health care, and other services in your area.

Visit our website to learn about VA programs for Veterans who are homeless. You can also call or visit your local VA Community Resource and Referral Center. Our staff can help you find non-VA resources you may qualify for in your community.

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How do I get help if I am in a crisis or know someone who is?

If you are struggling and need help right now, or know someone who is in a crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) , and PRESS 1, or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net. You can call, text, or chat online with caring, qualified VA responders. Many of them are Veterans or family members of Veterans.