Ombud flags unfairness in treatment of sexual dysfunctions for female veterans

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OTTAWA — A new report by Canada's veterans ombud says women who served in uniform are at a disadvantage when it comes to applying for federal assistance for sexual dysfunctions.

The federal government in 2018 made it easier for male veterans who experience erectile dysfunction as a result of another psychological injury to get treatment and compensation for the condition.

The move followed clear links between the diagnoses and treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental injuries, and sexual dysfunctions.

Yet ombud Nishika Jardine's report says there has not been a similar streamlining for sexual dysfunction claims from female veterans.

That is despite the fact they are just as likely as men — if not more so — to experience sexual dysfunctions due to such psychological injuries, including lower levels of arousal.

The ombud's report also takes issue with how Veterans Affairs Canada processes sexual dysfunction claims from female veterans as staff have not been given instructions on how to assess such conditions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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