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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Health Services Research | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Health | Women's Health


Reproductive health (RH) is a critical part of health. For women, RH encompasses gynecological health throughout life, preconception care, maternity care, cancer care, and the interaction of RH with other mental and medical conditions. Reproductive Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-be­ing and not merely the absence of reproductive disease or infirmity. This definition highlights the importance of taking a health systems approach that integrates RH care issues and services with other aspects of care needed across the life course. The RH needs of women are shaped by their stages of life and life experiences. For women Veterans, their military experiences may influence their RH in important ways. Given the increasing numbers of women in the military and women Veterans, it is critical to understand key aspects of RH in this unique population of women. This first report of the State of Reproductive Health in Women Veterans provides an overview of the RH diagnoses of women Veterans utilizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services, VA delivery of RH care, and a vision for RH in VA.


Zephyrin LC, Katon J, Hoggatt KJ, Balasubramanian V, Saechao F, Frayne SM, Mattocks KM, Feibus K, Galvan IV, Hickman R, Hayes PM, Haskell SG, Yano EM. State of Reproductive Health In Women Veterans – VA Reproductive Health Diagnoses and Organization of Care. Women’s Health Services, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, February 2014. Link to report on VA website

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Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Publications