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VA women’s health services

As a woman Veteran, you’re part of the fastest-growing group within our Veteran population. And we’re dedicated to meeting your health care needs. If you qualify for VA health care, you can get access to high-quality women’s health services as part of your benefits. Find out more about how to access these services below.

What women’s health services does VA provide?

We provide primary care services, including:

  • General services, like disease prevention and nutrition counseling
  • Female-specific services, like birth control, preconception counseling, and menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy)
  • Screenings, like cervical cancer screens (Pap smears) and breast cancer screens (mammograms)
  • Mental health services for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use problems.
    Learn more about mental health services
  • Free, confidential (private) counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST).
    Learn more about services for MST

We also provide specialty services, including:

Under current regulation, VA does not provide abortion or abortion counseling

Through legislation announced January 19, 2017, we are expanding our fertility services to include counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies—including in vitro fertilization (IVF). These services will be available to Veterans and spouses of Veterans who have a service-connected disability that makes it impossible for them to have a baby without the help of fertility treatment. Veterans can begin scheduling appointments to find out if they qualify and to get a clinical exam, consultation, and initial treatment as we work to build the program’s structure.
Learn more about the recent changes in IVF coverage

Telephone care

If you’re a woman Veteran and you’re currently signed up for VA health care, you can reach a VA health care provider at your local VA medical center by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This provider will answer questions and give you advice on health concerns. If you’re currently signed up for VA health care, contact your VA medical center and ask for the provider’s phone number.
Find a VA medical center near you

Programs for specific groups of women

We provide services for:

Women Veterans who want:

How do I access women’s health care services through VA?

The VA health care program covers women’s health services. To access these services, first apply for VA health care.
Apply for VA health care

Once you’ve signed up:

  • Talk to your primary care provider, who will connect you with any services you may need, or
  • Contact the Women Veterans Program Manager at your local VA medical center. They will help coordinate all the services you may need—from primary care to specialized care for chronic (long-lasting) conditions or reproductive health. To connect with your local Women Veterans Program Manager:
    • Contact your local medical center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager (find a VA medical center near you), or
    • Call our Women Veterans Call Center at 855-829-6636, 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, and we’ll connect you with your local manager, or
    • Chat online with a trained Women Veterans Call Center representative Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. This chat function is private and anonymous. Please don’t include any personal information, like your Social Security number.
      Start a chat with the Women Veterans Call Center

You can also look for women’s health services specific to your nearest VA medical center. To do this, go to the website of the VA health care system that the medical center is part of. In the page’s navigation, click on “Health Care Services.” A submenu will appear. Select “Women Veterans.”
Find your medical center’s website

What if I don’t have VA health care benefits?

If you don’t have VA health care benefits, you may still be able to get care:

If you’re a Veteran who has experienced MST, you can get help through VA. You don’t need to have a service-connected disability rating, and you may be able to get MST-related care even if you don’t qualify for other VA services. You also don’t need to have reported the MST or have other proof that it happened.
Learn more about support for MST

Where can I find more information and support?

  • Our women’s health website gives you the latest information about how we help women Veterans stay well.
    Visit the women’s health website
  • Our Center for Women Veterans website tells you about health care and other benefits and programs for women Veterans.
    Visit the Center for Women Veterans website
  • Our Women Veterans Call Center representatives can help you understand your VA benefits and find the right services to fit your needs. Get free, confidential guidance. Call the Center at 855-829-6636, 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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