Lesbian gynecological health issues and concerns.
More than 2 million American women describe themselves as lesbian, and more than 5 percent of women are sexually active with other women. It is only in the recent past that lesbian health issues and lesbian health disparity has been acknowledged. Just as their voices are often not heard on political issues, lesbian women’s basic medical needs frequently are unmet. According to medical research, lesbian women are less likely to get routine preventive health care. This may be because of a false perception that they are at lower risk for many health conditions or because of prior negative interactions with the health care setting.
Several sexually-transmitted infections can be transmitted through same-sex female contact including herpes, trichomonas, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV. Because HPV causes cervical cancer, lesbian women need Pap screening combined with HPV testing at appropriate intervals to detect and treat precancerous lesions. Other gynecologic disorders such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts are just as common among lesbian women as among heterosexual women. Likewise, lesbian women require regular screening for breast cancer, including breast exams and routine mammography.
Boulder Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery is an inclusive practice and welcome lesbian and bisexual individuals.