VA Claim Exams: Gynecological

What to expect during your
Gynecological Claim Exam If you’re a veteran who has a disability
due to your military service, you may decide to submit a
disability claim with VA. Disabilities related to the female
reproductive system, including issues related to breasts and genitals,
fall under gynecological claims. If you’ve submitted a claim to VA for
one of these types of disabilities, you may be asked to come in for a
claim exam, also sometimes called a Compensation and Pension, or “C&P” exam. Claim Exams help VA gather or
confirm medical information needed to make a decision on your claim. What happens during your exam will
depend on what medical evidence is already included in your claim application,
such as your medical records. Exams can be different for everyone. Exams may only last a few minutes or may take longer. Remember, the length of your exam is based
on what additional information VA needs. The length of your exam is not the
determining factor in your claim decision. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your
exam in case you need to move around, and be sure to follow any instructions
you may have received about your exam. Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner
what will happen during your exam. For the most part, the examiner may ask you a
series of questions about your condition, like how it affects your daily life
and job, current medications, and any treatments or surgeries you’ve had. The examiner is asking you specific questions for a reason: They relate to what’s in your file and VA’s rating criteria. Answer the questions as best you can. The examiner may also need to do a
physical exam or perform a few tests. If needed, a separate appointment may be scheduled for some of the tests. For gynecological exams, be prepared for
the examiner to potentially perform an examination of your genitals or breasts. The examiner may also perform
a pelvic exam similar to a pap smear. If you would feel more comfortable having a
female examiner, you can specifically request one when scheduling or
confirming your appointment. Please also be sure to communicate any other
special needs requests that you may have related to your exam prior to your appointment
to ensure a positive exam experience. Be sure to let the examiner know if you’re in
any pain or feel uncomfortable during the exam. Your comfort and safety come first. Remember: your exam could last
15 minutes or an hour or more. But no matter how long or short it is, the examiner
is getting exactly the information they need. Once your exam report is complete,
it is sent to a VA rating specialist, who will use it, along with other information you’ve submitted in your application, to rate your claim. Don’t forget: examiners do not make
a decision on your claim. They’re one part of a larger VA team
working with you to process your claim. Any specific questions about your claim should be
directed to your local VA regional office or accredited Veteran’s Service Officer. VA is committed to ensuring you know
what happens during the claim process, and that your VA claim experience
goes as smoothly as possible. Have more questions about the VA Claim Exam? Go to the website listed here, or search “VA Claim Exam” on VA’s website.

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