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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.


Text4Baby

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.

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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.

A woman in a running race crossing the finish line of a pink ribbon with her hands raised in the air. VA leads the nation in breast cancer screening.

Our Services

For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop smoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

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.

Contact

To schedule or change a primary care appointment, please call 412-822-3000

To schedule or change a gynecology appointment, please call 412-360-3671 or 412-360-3753

To schedule or change a mammogram appointment, please call 412-360-3306

To speak to the Women's Health Program Manager, please call 412-360-6289

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Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN