VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
The VA Pittsburgh Women's Health Center is a Center of Excellence
Delivering specialized care and readjustment counseling to women Veterans is one of the VA's top priorities. The Healthy Women's Center serves as a one-stop shop, meeting Veterans' complete health care needs.
The VA Pittsburgh Women Veterans Program seeks to promote the health, welfare and dignity of female Veterans and their families by ensuring equal access to timely, sensitive and quality health care.
VA is now an official federal partner with Text4Baby. VA Pittsburgh encourages pregnant Veterans to enroll in Text4baby by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411. Veterans will receive at least three text messages weekly with expert health topics and safety information timed to the due date.
Breast Cancer Prevention
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This makes breast cancer a serious concern for women Veterans.
The good news is that localized breast cancer has a 99% survival rate if detected early, and VA leads the nation's health care systems in providing mammograms to those who need them. VA's Breast Cancer Prevention campaign addresses various issues in breast cancer prevention and screening for women Veterans and highlights the services VA provides for women Veterans who may be at risk of developing breast cancer.
Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:
- General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
- Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.
- Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. 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. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.