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Menstual Issues For Gulf War Vets


Does anyone have any information on what is meant by menstrual disorders listed as a presumptive injury with persian gulf veterans. The reason I ask is that I was recently awarded my persian gulf claim but for only a few items listed. They did not address the menstrual issue listed. However, I have a second claim that dates back a few years prior to my gulf war claim for the menstraul long before it became a presumptive injury. It was denied and is on appeal at the BVA, but again this is before the presumptive injury came out and it is on the list. In my case, I have a history in my military record of menstrual issues that started after the gulf, eventually leading into a full hysterectomy at age 35.

Since it is now on the presumptive, what is my chance of the BVA granting it?

Does any one know where there is information on the menstrual issues that is more specific. It is simply listed with no real definition. Does that mean any documented menstrual issue?

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I searched around and found the following:

Googled for some info and found some with these sites too: Gulf war vets.com, National Gulf War Resource Center Inc,gulf war vets.com/ubb/ultimatebb.phb?, American Gulf war Veterans Association-VHA Handbook 1303.2, Gulf Registry handbook...

Anyway here is some info I found specific to your questions:

Reproductive Health Problems

Uterus displacement

Heavy bleeding/cramping

Ovarian cysts

Cervical cancer

Sexual problems

Conception problems

Birth defects/congenital disorders


Fallopian tube problems


Menstrual irregularities

Vaginal infections

these are not inclusive, just one's I found thus far...found some who had partial and total hysterectomy's too... With your post of in service menstrual problems and a total hysterectomy these would seem to be presumptive in the relationship of Gulf War. Did you have your hysterectomy in service? Loss of these reproductive organs could also be a claim here if so in service.

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Hey, thanks for the reply, I had the hysterectomy out of service, but the heavy bleeding, fibroids, had an ovarian cyst drained a few times. I had 5 fibroids the size of oranges, they removed my uterus, appendix and the fibroids, so I guess mine would be a partial hysterectomy, they had to cut me hip to hip because they were too big to do with any other type of surgery. 35 is young for a hysterectomy. As mentioned below, I had issues with heavy bleeding, sometimes months at a time that is documented in my military records. I can make the connection but not sure if the VA will. If you run across anything else, I would appreciate. again thanks for the reply. I am looking as well. Thanks for the information on the loss of reproductive organ, I guess that would be something to pursue if they grant the claim.

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