A more recent article on preventive health care for women who have sex with women is available. Patient information: See related handout on health care for lesbians and bisexual women. For the most part, lesbians and bisexual women face the same health issues as heterosexual women, but they often have difficulty accessing appropriate care. Physicians can improve care for lesbians and bisexual women by acknowledging the potential barriers to care e.
Lesbian and bisexual women's likelihood of becoming pregnant: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Pregnancies more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths | Reuters
The objective of this study was to explore lesbian and bisexual women's experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. This study analysed predominantly qualitative online survey data from 60 non-heterosexual, mostly lesbian, women from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. All but one of the pregnancies was planned. Most respondents had physically experienced one early miscarriage during their first pregnancy, although a third had experienced multiple losses. The analysis highlights three themes: processes and practices for conception; amplification of loss; and health care and heterosexism.
Pregnancy Risk Among Bisexual, Lesbian, and Gay Youth: What Does Research Tell Us?
In adolescence, when sexual exploration is new, many people have both male and female sexual partners. Regardless of their identity or orientation, youth can be vulnerable to pregnancy involvement. Sexual health programs are often slightly adapted so that abstinence and STD education will be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT youth. However, the pregnancy prevention needs of sexual minority youth are not always a clear priority. This article summarizes recent investigations into the pregnancy risk of LGB teens, and concludes with recommendations from researchers.
Brittany M. Teenagers who are of a sexual minority are at increased risk of teen pregnancy, with those who identify as bisexual having a nearly fivefold increased risk of becoming pregnant, according to research published in Pediatrics. According to Brittany M. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues, teenagers who identify as mostly heterosexual or lesbian have approximately a doubled risk of teen pregnancy. This disparity could be partially explained by childhood maltreatment and bullying.