What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection. Having occasional erectile dysfunction is not usually something to worry about, but chronic erectile dysfunction can cause stress, issues with self-confidence, and can contribute to relationship problems. The most common symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
- Reduced sexual arousal or desire
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
Among veterans, and in particular veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), erectile dysfunction is a very common problem. One recent study has found that among male combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD, 85 percent reported erectile dysfunction, in comparison to a rate of 22 percent among male combat veterans with no mental health diagnosis. Given the rising rates of PTSD diagnoses among veterans, it is not surprising that erectile dysfunction is also becoming an increasingly important issue within the VA disability system. In 2019, loss of erectile power due to penile deformity was the most claimed genitourinary-related disability in the VA disability benefits system, making up over forty percent of all claims related to genitourinary issues.
How The VA Rates Erectile Dysfunction
There is no specific schedular disability rating for erectile dysfunction in the VA disability system, but the VA uses several different diagnostic criteria to evaluate conditions that cause erectile dysfunction. Under 38 CFR § 4.115b, the VA uses the following diagnostic criteria to evaluate veterans who experience erectile dysfunction as a result of their military service:
- Diagnostic Code 7520: Penis, removal of half or more 30
- Diagnostic Code 7521: Penis removal of glans 20
- Diagnostic Code 7522: Penis, deformity, with loss of erectile power 20
- Diagnostic Code 7523: Testis, atrophy complete:
- Both – 20
- One – 0
- Diagnostic Code 7524: Testis, removal:
- Both – 30
- One – 0
In cases of the removal of one testis as the result of a service-incurred injury or disease, other than an undescended or congenitally undeveloped testis, with the absence or non functioning of the other testis unrelated to service, the VA will assign an evaluation of 30 percent for the service-connected testicular loss. Testis, undescended, or congenitally undeveloped is not a ratable disability.
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If you are a veteran with erectile dysfunction who is looking for assistance with your VA disability claim, please contact our office today for a free case evaluation. Our veterans disability attorneys are experienced in handling erectile dysfunction claims and are ready to help you get the compensation you are entitled to for your condition.