The Pentagon is conducting its first survey in more than 30 years specifically focused on the reproductive health of female service members, according to an Aug. 4 release from the Military Health System Communications Office. It begins this month.
The Department of Defense Active Duty Women’s Reproductive Health Survey will assess the behaviors and experiences of active-duty female service members, which can affect military readiness, and help clinicians learn about women’s gynecologic and obstetrical care needs. Collecting current data on women’s health issues will help shape policy and access to care, the release adds.
The survey will focus on women’s experiences with military health care, as well as their needs and preferences for family planning and contraception, said Kimberly Lahm, program director for Patient Advocacy & Experience, Women’s, Child & Family Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
“Participants have a great opportunity to provide feedback to help the military identify policies and practices that best meet their needs,” she added.