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Understanding Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) is especially pertinent for female veterans, as they may face unique challenges that exacerbate their risk of experiencing this condition. Female veterans, like their male counterparts, undergo rigorous training, combat exposure, and deployment, all of which can impact their physical and psychological well-being. However, the experiences of female veterans often differ from those of male veterans, particularly concerning sexual health and intimacy.

Sexual arousal is indeed a fundamental aspect of human sexuality, vital for fostering intimate connections and overall well-being. Yet, for some women, including female veterans, achieving sexual arousal can be challenging due to various factors. FSAD, characterized by difficulty in achieving or maintaining the physiological and psychological responses necessary for sexual arousal and enjoyment, can significantly impact the quality of life for affected individuals.

Unlike male sexual dysfunction, which often receives more attention, FSAD has historically been underreported and understudied, leading to misconceptions and stigma surrounding the disorder.

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Establishing Service Connection for FSAD

For female veterans, several primary disabilities that are known for causing FSAD. Most often, we find that Veterans receive service connection for FSAD on a secondary basis.

To establish secondary service connection for FSAD, a Veteran must demonstrate the following:  

  • A current clinical diagnosis of FSAD; and
  • A link between FSAD and a current service connected condition

Here are some primary disabilities may cause FSAD for female veterans:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

  • PTSD is a mental health condition that can result from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events, such as military combat, sexual assault, or military sexual trauma (MST). PTSD can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, and intrusive thoughts, which can adversely affect sexual arousal and intimacy.
  • The psychological effects of PTSD may contribute to difficulties with sexual functioning, including decreased libido, arousal difficulties, and relationship challenges, which can indirectly impact sexual satisfaction and contribute to ED in female partners.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders:

  • Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions among veterans, often co-occurring with PTSD or other primary disabilities. These conditions can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and excessive worry, all of which can interfere with sexual desire, arousal, and pleasure.
  • Women with depression or anxiety disorders may experience changes in libido, difficulty achieving arousal, and diminished sexual satisfaction, which can affect their ability to engage in sexual activity and contribute to sexual dysfunction, including ED in their partners.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST):

  • Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or harassment experienced during military service. Female veterans who have experienced MST may suffer from physical and psychological consequences, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction.
  • MST survivors may struggle with trust issues, intimacy concerns, and negative self-perceptions, which can impact their sexual relationships and contribute to sexual dysfunction, including ED in their partners.

Note: Approximately 24 percent of female veterans accessing VA health care services report a background involving Military Sexual Trauma (MST). 

Chronic Pain and Physical Disabilities:

  • Female veterans may experience chronic pain or physical disabilities resulting from combat injuries, accidents, or service-related conditions. Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, back injuries, or limb amputations can cause physical discomfort, fatigue, and limitations in mobility.
  • Chronic pain and physical disabilities can affect sexual functioning by causing decreased arousal, difficulty with movement or positioning during sexual activity, and increased fatigue, which may contribute to sexual dissatisfaction and ED in partners.

Medication Side Effects:

  • Certain medications prescribed for primary disabilities, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, or pain medications, may have side effects that affect sexual function.
  • Medication side effects, including decreased libido, delayed orgasm, or erectile difficulties, can indirectly contribute to sexual dysfunction in female partners and exacerbate ED in male partners.

At Chad Barr Law, we can assist you in filing your appeal today. Call 888-2-VETLAW or fill out our free case evaluation.

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VA Disability Rating for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

For service-connected Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD), the VA typically assigns a disability rating of 0 percent, unless there is physical damage to the genitals. In cases where such damage exists, the VA rating will be determined according to the appropriate diagnostic codes for the affected body parts.

When a veteran is service connected for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD), she may be eligible for additional compensation under Special Monthly Compensation (SMC). SMC is a benefit provided by the VA to veterans with service-connected disabilities that are considered particularly severe or have specific circumstances, such as the loss or loss of use of a creative organ. Female Sexual Arousal Disorder is viewed as the loss of use of a creative organ for SMC purposes.

It is important to note that the criteria for qualifying for SMC can vary depending on the severity and circumstances of the veteran’s disability. The VA considers factors such as the extent of impairment, the level of functional limitation, and the impact on daily activities when determining eligibility for SMC benefits.

How a VA Attorney at Chad Barr Law can Help

Despite the prevalence and significant impact of FSAD, many women hesitate to talk about FSAD either due to feelings of embarrassment, shame, or fear of judgment. FSAD is a legitimate medical condition that you could qualify for VA benefits.

If your claim for female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) has been denied, don’t lose hope. Chad Barr Law is here to help you appeal your case and fight for the benefits you deserve. Our experienced team understands the complexities of the VA system and will work tirelessly to ensure that your appeal is thorough and effective.

We assist you every step of the way, from gathering comprehensive medical records to developing a strategic approach tailored to your specific circumstances. Our goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate the appeals process with confidence.

At Chad Barr Law, we are committed to advocating for veterans’ rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation and benefits you are entitled to. Let us be your trusted partner in seeking justice and securing the assistance you need to move forward. Call 888-2-VETLAW today.

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VA Disability Benefits for Erectile Dysfunction

Men can also have a similar sexual dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a prevalent issue affecting many males, especially veterans who have served in the military.

While not often talked about openly, ED can have significant implications for a person’s quality of life, relationships, and emotional well-being. For veterans struggling with ED, accessing VA disability benefits can provide essential support. Learn more about erectile dysfunction (ED).