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Women’s Healthcare in the Deployed Environment
Anytime you prepare for a medical visit, it’s important for you to carefully consider what questions you need to ask your provider in advance. This is especially important in the deployed environment, where time is significantly constrained and you have only a few minutes to explain your symptoms and concerns.
It is important for you to continue to receive routine health screenings while you are deployed. See the attached information sheet for a list of important screening tests for women. Talk to your provider to determine which test you need based on your risk factors. Recommended Screening Tests for Women
Promoting Women's Health in Austere Environments. History has often demonstrated that the course of battle is influenced more by the health of the troops than by strategy or tactics. Health is largely a personal responsibility. A woman’s personal hygiene habits while in the field environment, such as during a deployment, can have a strong impact on her wellbeing. Good health does not just happen; it comes with conscious effort and good habits.
Promoting Women’s Health in Austere Environments (milSuite/ CAC required) - This slide deck meets these objectives:
- Describe the field training/deployed environment and related feminine hygiene issues
- Discuss methods to promote personal hygiene and prevent disease
- Illustrate how austere environments can affect menstrual symptoms and cycles
- Discuss treatments available to assist with menstrual symptoms
- Demonstrate how to use the articles in the Feminine Hygiene Toolkit
Women's Health Readiness Updates (milSuite/CAC required) (15 DEC 2016)
The Women's Health Service Line (WHSL) created a slide deck highlighting key women's health readiness updates to the following topics:
- Female-specific deployment information
- Women's Wellness
- Reproductive and Sexual Health
Deployment Support for Family Members
Families bear the brunt of the effects of deployment and their support is essential to the wellbeing and peace of mind of our Service members. The following family support links provide information on available services, programs and entitlements to ensure that family and loved ones are well provided for.
The Coming Home Project (non-government)
Deployment Health Assessment Program Video
Finding Support Resources in Your Community (non-government)
Health & Human Services: Supporting Military Families
DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center
Sesame Street: Military Family Outreach (non-government)
Preparing for Deployment
Female Urinary Diversion Device (FUDD)
When deployed, you may need to urinate in unsanitary locations or with male soldiers close by. Toilet facilities may be primitive during deployment. You may need to urinate outside at the tree line, for example. Portable toilets and restrooms may be dirty. Convoy trips can be long. To avoid improvised explosive devices outside of the vehicle you may need to urinate within the vehicle.
Some women avoid urinating by reducing their fluid intake or holding their bladder too long. This is not a good idea. You need to stay hydrated to avoid heat illness, bladder infections and kidney stones.
The female urinary diversion device (FUDD) allows you to urinate discreetly while standing up or leaning back. You can urinate with minimal undressing - just unbutton your pants. When you use a FUDD, you’ll avoid exposure to poisonous plants and insects as well.
Watch this FUDD YouTube video to learn more.......
To use the FUDD:
Stand with your back to the wind or facing the toilet.
Pull the extension tube through the spout until it stops
With your feet apart, adjust your clothing so that the top of the cup fits snugly against your body and the tube is out front of your pants.
Urinate. To avoid a leak, do not tilt the cup forward while using. When finished, use a flick of the wrist to remove remaining droplets, then wipe dry. Slide the tube back into the cup. Rinse, clean and dry when you can. Use the plastic bag to hold the FUDD between uses.
You may want to practice a few times in the shower to get the hang of it before you need to use the FUDD in the field.
Save your bladder: hydrate and use a FUDD.
To order, use NSN 4510 014702805: Female Urinary Diversion Device
Deployment Health Assessments
Deployment health assessments are designed to maximize the readiness of our fighting forces. They provide an excellent opportunity for Service members to engage their healthcare provider to discuss new or existing health concerns and to receive needed care. Assessments are required for all active duty, National Guard and reserve members.
MILVAX: Medical Readiness Information
Pre-Deployment Health Assessment Information (DD Form 2795)
Post-Deployment Health Assessment Information (DD Form 2796)
Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Information (DD Form 2900)
Understanding Deployment Health Assessments (non-government)
Army OneSource: Financial Readiness (non-government)
Money Management Resources
Money Smart: A Financial Education Program
Deployment and Field Performance Nutrition (APHC) Field training and combat may be the most physically demanding work you do in the military. In order to optimize performance, it is critical that your body is properly fueled.
Women's Health Algorithms for Providers and Medics (milBook - restricted access)
Preparing for Redeployment
Returning from deployment can be exciting and stressful, as families readjust after extended periods of separation. There are steps that you can take to make the redeployment a joyful period for you and your loved ones.
After Deployment (non-government)
Deployment and Environmental Health (APHC) The Army Public Health Center provides services and information pertinent to maintaining and improving environmental health on installations and in deployment locations.