Lexington VA Medical Center
Women Veterans can expect the very best in gender specific care. In our Women Veterans Health Clinic, we emphasize health promotion and women’s wellness in a setting that is safe, private, respectful, and convenient. We offer:
- Osteoporosis treatment and management
- Management of acute illness
- Primary care (vaccines, bone density testing, nutrition counseling, and weight management)
- Preventive services – age-appropriate cancer screenings (clinical breast exams, mammograms, cervical cancer screening, and colorectal cancer screening)
- Management of chronic disease (diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid disorders, COPD, and CVD)
- Nutrition and weight management
- Smoking Cessation
- Wellness and healthy living tools
- Management of gender-specific issues - family planning and contraceptive counseling including availability of IUDs and diaphragms, preconception counseling, pharmacologic issues related to pregnancy and lactation, sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment, vaginal infections, treatment of menopausal symptoms, abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic and abdominal pain, initial infertility work-up, PCOS, urinary incontinence/pelvic floor disorders, including pessary fitting.
- Gynecology services – medical and surgical treatments of complex gynecologic problems including fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding and chronic pelvic pain. In addition to nonsurgical treatments, we also offer minimally invasive approach when surgery is needed.
- Mental health services – military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family and parenting issues, and domestic violence.
- Social Work services - referrals to community resources, homelessness assistance, assistance with living wills, financial hardship situations, benefits information and phase of life issues.
Staff includes a primary care physician, gynecologist, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Support Assistant, Women Veterans Program Manager, and designated women’s health providers at each of our community-based outpatient clinics.
Leestown and Somerset
Monday to Friday - 8am to 4:30pm
Saturday - 8am to noon (Leestown)
Berea, Hazard, Morehead Locations
Monday to Friday - 8am to 4:00pm
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.