Women’s Health

Chemotherapy Use Declines for Breast Cancer Patients

With growing concern about overtreatment of breast cancer as outcomes have improved over time, not much research has been performed on how chemotherapy use and oncologists’ recommendations have changed in recent years.

Post-Menopausal Veterans Frequently Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy

Post-Menopausal Veterans Frequently Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy

The VA has focused on reducing the risk of opioid abuse and addiction by issuing guidance that strongly recommends against the use of the painkillers for chronic pain since the implementation of the Opioid Safety Initiative in 2013.

HCV Complications Increasing for Women Veterans

HOUSTON—The epidemiology clinical course of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is affected by gender. Yet, few long-term longitudinal studies have examined trends in the incidence and prevalence of serious liver complications among women compared with men with HCV infection, according… Read More

Unintended Pregnancy More Likely in Active-Duty Troops

Unintended pregnancy is reportedly to be higher in the military population, according to a new study seeking to determine the rates of unintended pregnancy among active duty servicemembers compared to other military healthcare beneficiaries.

Study Urges More Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraception is more effective for pregnancy prevention than shorter-acting contraceptive methods and has the potential to reduce healthcare disparities and costs, yet is generally underused, pointed out a new military study.

Breast Cancer Surgery Increasing at VA

Women will make up approximately 10% of the VA healthcare system by 2020 and 15% by 2030, meaning that the need for women’s health services, including breast cancer treatment, will increase.

Combat Increases Female Veterans’ Mental Issues

While an association between combat exposure and post-deployment behavioral health problems has been demonstrated among U.S. military servicemembers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq in predominantly male samples, few studies have focused on the experiences of women.

Caring for Older Women Veterans Presents Unique Challenges

Caring for Older Women Veterans Presents Unique Challenges

When it comes to health issues, older female veterans aren’t always like other women,

Women Veterans Have Higher Prevalence of Arthritis than Male Colleagues

Women Veterans Have Higher Prevalence of Arthritis than Male Colleagues

DURHAM, NC – While the commitment to physical fitness demanded of active duty forces can keep many ailments at bay, the rigors of service also bring an increased risk of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, especially for young women entering (and exiting) the military.

New Mothers May Need Counseling, Training to Pass Postpartum Military Fitness Test

New Mothers May Need Counseling, Training to Pass Postpartum Military Fitness Test

By Annette M. Boyle FAIRFIELD, CA —Many women return to their units after pregnancy with one overriding concern: “Can I pass the fitness test?” The vast majority of those women do end up passing the six-month postpartum test, but their… Read More

More Screening Likely to Lead to Increased Breast Cancer Treatment Delays at VA

By Brenda L. Mooney BALTIMORE — Women are the fastest growing demographic among U.S. veterans, and the VA sometimes is challenged in keeping up with their needs. A new study from the Baltimore VA Medical Center looked at what happened… Read More

Unplanned Pregnancies Among Active-Duty Women Increase, Higher Than Civilian Population

By Annette M. Boyle Kate Grindlay, Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health CAMBRIDGE, MA – Despite the availability of free contraceptives, unintended pregnancy among active-duty military servicemembers is on the rise and occurs at much higher rates than in… Read More

Diclegis Is Only Drug Approved for Nausea, Vomiting in Pregnant Women

BLAINVILLE, QUEBEC – Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting. It currently is the only approved treatment for those symptoms during pregnancy, the… Read More

Who Is More Likely to Develop PTSD? Women Have More Sexual Trauma; Men Have Greater Combat Exposure

Paula P. Schnurr, Ph.D. The ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are enabling researchers to learn more about a question that has plagued them for decades: Is there a difference between men and women who serve in the military… Read More

Study Seeks Strategies to Help Mothers Maintain Family Relationships During Deployment

WASHINGTON — How are military women who deploy to theater handling separation from their children? With a grant from DoD’s TriService Nursing Research Program, Janice Griffin Agazio, PhD, CNRP, RN, assistant professor of nursing at The Catholic University of America,… Read More

Unplanned Pregnancies Among Deployed Women Affect More Than Mother and Child; Troop Readiness at Issue

Unintended pregnancies among deployed women in the U.S. Armed Forces create not only a significant challenge for the mother-to-be but also can impact troop morale and readiness, according to the author of a new study who says that medical counseling… Read More

With the Majority of Military Pregnancies Unintended, Abortion Issue Raised Again in Congress

WASHINGTON — With more than half of all pregnancies unintended among female troops, the explosive issue of abortions is again being reviewed by Congress. In the latest salvo in that ongoing battle, New York’s Rep. Louise Slaughter and Sen. Kirsten… Read More

Survey: Women Veterans Dissatisfied with VA Care, Especially Sexual Trauma Screening for New Enrollees

WASHINGTON—Women veterans are dissatisfied with many of the services provided through the VA health-care system, including screening processes for military sexual trauma (MST) that new enrollees receive, according to a survey conducted by the American Legion. While VA mandates that… Read More

New House Bill Seeks to Relax Benefit Requirements for Victims of Military Sexual-Assault-Related PTSD

WASHINGTON—In June 2010, legislation was passed making it considerably easier for veterans diagnosed with PTSD to receive service-connected benefits and care from VA. Prior to the law’s passage, veterans were required to show a diagnosis of PTSD, prove that they… Read More

Army Battles Sexual Assault Within Troops, Improves Follow-Up Care of Victims

WASHINGTON—Not that long ago, a woman who had been sexually assaulted might have gone to an Army Military Treatment Facility (MTF), had a forensic examination and then would go home without anyone at the MTF knowing what became of her.… Read More