Sexual arousal disorders are common among Veterans, but most Veterans don’t realize they can be compensated for sexual arousal disorders if they can prove it was caused by military service. One of most recent disorders that Veterans can claim is Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD). In 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs added a new diagnostic code (7632) for FSAD to its rating schedule to balance the disability compensation more evenly among the female and male Veteran populations for sexual function disorders.
According to Medical News Today, a web-based outlet for medical information, FSAD is the continual or recurrent inability of a woman to accomplish or maintain an ample lubrication-swelling reaction during sexual intercourse and is characterized by a lack of sexual desire, physical arousal, or both. FSAD affects 26 percent of adult women and must be diagnosed by a gynecologist or a healthcare professional.
To prove service connection for FSAD, a Veteran must prove or show three elements. There must be:
Alternatively, FSAD can be service connected by evidencing that it was caused by another service-connected condition, commonly referred to as secondary service connection.
Establishing service connection for FSAD on a secondary basis requires sufficient evidence to show that FSAD was either proximately caused by, or proximately aggravated by a service-connected disability.
The VA uses 38 CFR 4.116, Schedule of Ratings – Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast for evaluation purposes. With one exception, FSAD is evaluated at a 0 percent disability rating. The one exception for this is for when there is physical damage to the genitals. In that case, the rating schedular provides for ratings evaluated for the affected part.
When a Veteran is service connected for FSAD, she may be entitled to additional compensation under Special Monthly Compensation.
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