Women Veterans - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

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Women Veterans

Women Veterans Program – provides comprehensive health care for women Veterans offering primary care, to include gender specific primary care, at every site by a proficient women’s health provider.

Primary Care services include health evaluation, counseling, and disease prevention:

  • Cancer screening including pelvic exam/Pap Smear for cervical cancer screening and breast exam/mammogram's for breast exam/mammograms for breast cancer
  • Common disorders among women such as osteoporosis and fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes screening and management
  • Heart disease screening and management
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Options to stop smoking
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Weight control counseling

Gender specific health care includes:

  • Family planning, birth control, and preconception counseling
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Initial evaluation for gynecologic (GYN) care with a referral to a gynecologist if needed
  • Limited infertility services including in-vitro fertilization (off-station referral)
  • Menopause
  • Sexual problems (pelvic ultrasound located at medical center)
  • Tubal ligation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Osteoporosis screening (Dexa Scan located at medical center)
  • Avaliability of Plan B (emergency contraception)
  • Maternity Care (off-station referral)

Referral to mental health services can help with:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Intimate partner and domestic violence
  • Military sexual trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder

The female Veteran population will increase in the near future due to the higher percentage of women enrolled in the current conflicts.

Currently there are over 3,000 female Veterans enrolled at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. 1,250 women choose to receive their care at their local community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) with the remaining electing to receive care at the medical center.

All Veterans seen in the CBOCs have the option of having their Pap smears and breast exams completed by designated women’s provider (DWP) located at their CBOC. We currently have a DWP at each site who provides gender specific primary care.

Ongoing projects

  • Improving screening rates for breast and cervical cancer through tracking tools, follow up phone calls to patients, and follow-up with providers.
  • Women’s Comprehensive Health Implementation and Planning Team working to assess and address female Veterans' projected health care needs over the next 10 years.
  • We continue to work with the Public Affairs Office and partner with other departments who provide outreach to ensure women Veterans are aware of the services available to them.
  • Working with community partners to provide additional resources to our women Veterans.

For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

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Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop smoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy.