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Female Sexual Arousal Disorder and Veterans Disability

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder and Veterans Disability

Sexual health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being and addressing conditions like Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) can be both challenging and essential. Former Compensations and Pension Examiner Leah Bucholz explains female sexual arousal disorder, veterans disability, and the avenues for seeking compensation and treatment.

Understanding Female Sexual Disorders

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder is part of a spectrum of female sexual disorders that encompass various challenges, such as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, sexual aversion disorders, orgasmic disorders, and sexual pain disorders. These conditions, including FSAD, are often associated with both physiological and mental health factors. Common contributors include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and medications like SSRIs known to impact libido.

Diagnosis and Clinical Criteria

When seeking a diagnosis for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, healthcare providers typically consider clinical criteria. These criteria may involve ruling out other potential causes through lab tests and examinations. If a woman experiences sustained decreased sexual desire impacting her mood and relationships, FSAD may be considered. It is important to consult with healthcare providers to explore potential diagnoses and treatment options.

Treatment Approaches

There are various treatment approaches for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, ranging from counseling to specialized therapies. Some treatments may include off-label use of medications, such as intranasal prolactin, or low-dose testosterone. While the efficacy of these treatments may vary, the decision to pursue a particular option rests on the individual and their healthcare provider’s judgment. This underscores the need for open communication and collaboration between patients and their healthcare professionals.

Seeking Service Connection

For female veterans diagnosed with Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, establishing a link to their military service is crucial for seeking service connection. A service connection for FSAD often falls under Special Monthly Compensation, specifically under the category related to the loss or use of a reproductive organ. While a zero percent service connection is common, it can still result in additional compensation, typically around $125 per month.

Overcoming Stigma and Seeking Help

Some women may feel stigma and embarrassment when dealing with FSAD. Bravery and strength are needed in addressing the issue, as many women suffer from this condition. By seeking help and confronting the problem, individuals can take control of their lives and improve their overall well-being.

Other Possible Causes and Considerations

There are also other factors that can contribute to sexual disorders, such as chronic pain, vascular disorders, spinal cord injuries, histories of sexual trauma, and conditions like multiple sclerosis. By recognizing the diverse causes, individuals can better understand the complexity of FSAD and work towards comprehensive solutions.

Conclusion

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder is a significant concern for many female veterans, impacting not only their physical health but also their mental and emotional well-being. Leah Bucholz provides valuable insights into the diagnosis, treatment options, and the process of seeking service connection. It is crucial for individuals facing FSAD to break the silence, seek help, and explore available resources to reclaim control over their sexual health. By fostering understanding and promoting dialogue, we can work towards a more supportive environment for female veterans facing these challenges.

Also read: Erectile Dysfunction and Veterans Disability

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