Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and its female equivalent, Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) are sexual dysfunctions that can negatively affect your ability to engage in sexual intercourse.
The VA recognizes ED as a compensable disability.
Sexual dysfunctions can be caused by a service-connected disability like trauma to the groin area or a low back injury.
They can also be connected with a mental health diagnosis like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.
ED and FSAD can also be related to lab findings like low testosterone or estrogen, or be caused by chronic pain or discomfort.
Regardless of the cause, sexual dysfunction can severely diminish your quality of life.
As a general rule, VA disability compensation compensates veterans for the loss of earnings that result from a service-connected disability.
There are very few legal professions, however, that rely on a person’s ability to engage in sexual intercourse.
The VA has no disability rating just for ED or FSAD. Instead, the VA rates these conditions under some specific diagnostic codes.
If you would like to find out more about how to calculate your monthly VA disability benefits for erectile dysfunction or any other disability or combination of disabilities, see our VA Disability Calculator.
Examples of ED disabling events and VA ratings for erectile dysfunction include:
The VA rates service-connected FSAD at 0 percent disability, unless physical damage to the genitals exists.
In this situation, the VA rating will fall under the diagnostic codes for the affected body parts.
Even if you only qualify for a 0 percent disability for ED or FSAD, the VA can still compensate you if you qualify for “Special Monthly Compensation.”
Special Monthly Compensation for ED and FSAD is based on your loss of use of a “creative organ.”
This will typically be an injury or condition that results in your sterility or infertility.
If you suffer such a loss of use, it entitles you to $128.62 in monthly benefits under the category, “Special Monthly Compensation – K” (SMC-K).
ED, for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purposes, means the loss of libido (sex drive), loss of interest in sex, or difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection. It can also include the inability to orgasm during intercourse.
FSAD is a sexual dysfunction in which a woman cannot properly self-lubricate sufficiently for sexual intercourse.
Both conditions are extremely common after a traumatic incident or an incident involving military sexual trauma.
Other hormonal and physical causes also exist.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of conditions that can cause ED in male veterans or FSAD in female veterans:
If you developed ED or FSAD during your military service, you might qualify to receive VA disability benefits.
Obtaining VA disability for sexual dysfunction requires you to prove three things.
You might also be able to prove a secondary service connection for your sexual dysfunction if it comes from a service-connected condition that you have already established, like diabetes or prostate cancer.
The evidence of your current disability usually takes the form of a report from the medical professional who is treating you.
The evidence you will need to prove a service-connected condition comes from your medical records and your military service records.
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