VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Women Veterans Health Program
The Women Veterans Health Care program works to make certain that all eligible women veterans requesting VA care are assured of:
Comprehensive primary care by a proficient and interested primary care provider
Privacy, safety, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs
The right care in the right place and time
State-of-the-art health care equipment and technology
High-quality preventive and clinical care, equal to that provided to male Veterans
Basic Health Advice for Women
Eat a low fat diet
Exercise regularly (for 30 minutes, at least five days a week)
Get adequate sleep (seven or eight hours a night for most people)
Manage and reduce stress
Report any breast changes or abnormalities that you discover to your provider
Avoid heavy drinking (more than one drink a day)
Avoid too much sun and use sunscreen when exposed to sunlight
Maintain healthy weight
Women’s Health Checklist
You can find more specific information on healthy living, including online tools at MyHealtheVet.
Get medical exams regularly.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor to develop a personalized exam schedule. Below are common screening tests to include in that discussion. Screening tests are important for identifying problems early, when you have the best chance of treating problems successfully.
Clinical Breast Exam
Blood Pressure Check
Reduce risks of heart disease.
More women Veterans die of heart disease than any other single cause.
Report any pain or discomfort in the chest, left arm, shoulder, neck, or back
Do aerobic exercise (such as walking, dancing, bicycling, swimming, rolling in your wheelchair) for 30 minutes, five or more days a week (make sure your provider approves any exercise regimen)
Maintain/watch your weight
If you smoke, QUIT
Control your blood pressure
Eat a low-fat diet
If diabetic, control blood sugar
See your doctor regularly for blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol and other blood tests as recommended, and routine checkups
Discuss menopause concerns and treatment with your primary care provider.
Symptoms can include:
Change in interest in sexual activities
Prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones) as you age.
Know your risk factors and the symptoms and take steps to keep your bones strong.
Eat a diet rich in calcium
Ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake
Do weight-bearing exercises for 30 minutes, five or more days a week (walking, dancing, weight training and most sports, except swimming and bicycling)
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Certain medications (steroids, excessive thyroid hormone)
Too much caffeine/alcohol
Decreased estrogen levels
Lack of physical exercise
Inadequate calcium & vitamin D
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Loss of height over the years
Certain types of back pain
Curved upper back
Breaking a bone in hip, wrist, or spine from minimal trauma
Our Women's Health Center is located at the West Haven Campus (Building 1, Ground Floor) and can be reached at 203-932-5711 ext. 5400. Jane Sarja, APRN is the Women Veterans Program Coordinator.