Veterans often find themselves uncertain and apprehensive when faced with a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam, especially when the subject is as sensitive as erectile dysfunction. Leah provides her insights into the basics of erectile dysfunction C&P exam process in order to help veterans navigate this often nerve-wracking experience.
Erectile Dysfunction Basics
Erectile dysfunction can be service-connected on a primary or secondary basis. If diagnosed during active duty, it can often be service-connected on a direct basis. Additionally, if it is secondary to another service-connected disability, such as mental health disorders, hypertension, diabetes, or medication side effects, veterans may also be eligible for compensation.
Preparing for the C&P Exam
Before the C&P exam, veterans typically receive a packet from one of the contract C&P companies or the VA. This packet contains information about the location, time, and the medical practitioner who will conduct the exam. It may also include questions for the veteran to fill out in advance. These questions can provide the examiner with valuable information about the veteran’s medical history and condition.
The Disability Benefit Questionnaire (DBQ)
During the C&P exam, the examiner will go over the Disability Benefit Questionnaire (DBQ), a document that serves as a guide for evaluating the veteran’s condition. For erectile dysfunction, veterans can find the specific DBQ for male reproductive organ conditions, including prostate cancer, on va.gov.
What is the Condition?
The first section of the DBQ focuses on identifying the condition. The date of diagnosis, if available, will be recorded. The DBQ also includes sections for additional diagnoses related to male reproductive organ conditions.
Medical History and Medications
The examiner will inquire about the onset and course of the condition, asking the veteran to provide a brief summary. Details about medications taken for erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra, will be documented. Veterans are advised to be prepared to discuss their medical history and bring any relevant information to the exam.
The physical exam section of the DBQ addresses whether the veteran has a other physical abnormality to the area, and includes options for examining different aspects related to male reproductive organs. Importantly, veterans have the option to decline a physical examination, although many find it beneficial to undergo a quick examination to support a thorough review of the condition.
Navigating the C&P exam for erectile dysfunction can be daunting, but understanding the process and being prepared can significantly ease the experience. Veterans are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the relevant DBQ, gather necessary information, and consider the potential ratings associated with their condition. Seeking guidance from a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or accredited attorney is recommended for personalized advice on the administrative aspects of the process.
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