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Female Fertility Issues from Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Female Fertility Issues from Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The Camp Lejeune water situation is big news.  While we discuss the toxicity of the water elsewhere, it suffices to say that the water was toxic.  Anyone who served, worked, or even just lived at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River and drank the water there between 1953 and 1987 was exposed to industrial solvents, benzene, and over 70 other chemicals.  

That means the water was highly toxic.

The camp’s water treatment plants were unable to purge these 70+ chemicals.  The federal government has passed legislation that offers relief to anyone who served or lived at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.  This includes: 

  • veterans (that includes all branches as well as reservists and guardsmen)
  • their family members
  • even children who were exposed in utero before birth

This water has been linked to all sorts of awful health problems but today we’re going to talk about female fertility issues.

Several of the chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune have been shown to affect female fertility and may even cause infertility.

Fertility issues

Veterans and their family members who were at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987 can get health care benefits.  The VA may pay you back for out-of-pocket health care costs that were related to female infertility.

In order for your physician to properly diagnose your situation, testing might have been necessary.  Different types of fertility testing include:

*  Ovulation testing

*  Hysterosalpingography

*  Ovarian reserve testing

*  Hormone testing

*  Imaging tests

*  Laparoscopy

*  Genetic Testing

Treatments for female infertility can include medication and surgery.  You might have been prescribed medications such as:

*  Clomiphene citrate

*  Gonadotropins

*  Metformin

*  Letrozole

*  Bromocriptine

But fertility drugs can carry risks and you might have experienced:

*  Pregnancy with multiples

*  Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

*  Long-term risks of ovarian tumors

Surgery might even have been necessary to try to restore fertility.  Such surgeries include:

*  Laparoscopic or hysteroscopic surgery

*  Tubal surgeries

These lists are not exhaustive.  It’s possible that you had other treatments or were prescribed other medications.  It is possible that treatment for your infertility caused different side effects.  

Whatever the details may be, if you are a female veteran or family member of a veteran, you have experienced fertility issues, and you were at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, reach out to us and receive a free evaluation.

Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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