The Female Reproductive System
The Female Reproductive System Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Female Reproductive System condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Female Reproductive System conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
The Female Reproductive System is a network of organs that can only be found in a female body and are used for sexual and reproductive purposes. The Female Reproductive System is made up of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vulva, clitoris, vagina, and cervix.
The VASRD offers rating options for conditions of the Female Reproductive System that reflects how the reproductive purposes are affected by the conditions.
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Female Reproductive System conditions unless they cause distinctly separate symptoms. In cases where multiple Female Reproductive System conditions cause similar symptoms, the conditions will be rated once using all of the symptoms combined together, and the VA will choose the single code they feel best covers the overall Female Reproductive System disability (see The Female Reproductive System Ratings page for further details).
Female Reproductive System Condition Ratings
The VASRD offers ratings for the following conditions of the Female Reproductive System:
- The Removal or Loss of Use of the Uterus and Ovaries
- Diseases and Injuries of the Vulva and Clitoris
- Diseases and Injuries of the Vagina
- Diseases and Injuries of the Cervix
- Diseases and Injuries of the Uterus
- Diseases and Injuries of the Fallopian Tubes
- Diseases and Injuries of the Ovaries
- Displacement of the Pelvic Organs (including tears and bulges of the organs)
- Abnormal Passageways (“Fistulas”)
- Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
- Cancer and Tumors of the Female Reproductive System
If a Female Reproductive System condition is not directly listed, it is rated under the code that best describes it or its dominant symptoms.
Ratings for conditions of the Breasts are not included in the Female Reproductive System as they can affect both males and females. See The Breasts page.
In addition to or instead of the standard disability compensation for Female Reproductive System conditions, the complete loss of use of a reproductive organ causing infertility may also qualify for Special Monthly Compensation.
How will the VA rate my Female Reproductive System condition?
The VA uses the rules of the VASRD to rate conditions of the female reproductive system based on the level of disability they cause. Check out our Female Reproductive System Ratings page for the exact codes and ratings.
My female condition wasn't diagnosed until after I was discharged. Can it qualify for VA disability?
The VA can only rate conditions that meet some type of service-connection requirement. The only ways to prove service-connection after service is for the condition to either be a secondary condition or on the VA's Presumptive List.
Are my conditions eligible for a rating?
Your conditions are eligible to be rated by the VA if they are the result of your military service. You must be able to show proof of service-connection for each condition. For the DoD, they will rate your service-connected conditions as long as they also make you Unfit for Duty.
How do I apply to receive my ratings for my female reproductive condition?
If you are still in the military, then you can request your military physician to refer you to the MEB and start the IDES process. If you are already a veteran, you can submit a VA Disability Claim along with evidence of service-connection and all medical records regarding the conditions on the claim.
If my claim is approved, what benefits will I receive?
If you are rated 20% or less from the DoD, then you will receive a single separation payment. If you are rated 30% or more, you will receive full retirement benefits. From the VA, you will receive a monthly payment as well as full medical care from the VA for the qualifying conditions. The exact amount of monthly benefits depends on your Total Combined Rating.
How long does it take to receive my disability benefits?
Brand new claims usually take 3-6 months to process. Once processed, you will start receiving payments in 1-3 months.
How are the rating percentages assigned to my conditions?
The rules of the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) are used to assign rating percentages to conditions. The VASRD gives rating rules for conditions based on their symptoms, treatment options, and the resulting level of disability they cause.
My conditions have worsened. How do I increase my rating percentages?
If your conditions have worsened since you last applied and now qualify for a higher rating, you can submit a new claim, checking the box for an increased evaluation.