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Lesbian Women’s Health

A lesbian is a woman who is sexually attracted to another woman or who has sex with another woman, even if it is only sometimes. A lesbian is currently only having sex with a woman, even if she has had sex with men in the past. Women who identify themselves as Lesbian or Gay can suffer from the same STI's as Heterosexual or Straight women. All of the health information contained on this site applies to women of all ages, be they straight or gay.

Women who identify themselves as Lesbian or Gay can suffer from the same STI's as Heterosexual or Straight women. All of the health information contained on this site applies to women of all ages, be they straight or gay.

Am I a Lesbian / Gay?

When discussing human sexuality it is very difficult to neatly slot into little compartments all the complexities associated with individual sexuality and needs. Within the attraction of man to woman, man to man, or woman to woman, lies a whole spectrum of complex sexual and emotional affinities. Everyone is seeking closeness, ardor, warmth and love. All human relationships depend on the individuals within it, and not on restrictions imposed by society.

Some women...

  • Want sex with other women as a permanent part of their lives...
  • May be curious about women's bodies...
  • In their life may experience an attraction to the opposite sex...
  • Feel equally attracted to men and to women...
  • May enjoy looking at women's bodies without desiring sexual contact...
  • Prefer the company of other women for leisure or work in an all-female environment...
  • Feel and do all these things with other women...
  • Are usually very loving with close friends without going further than cuddling...
  • Become lesbians out of a genuine sole attraction for other women...
  • May feel very dissatisfied with a male-dominated society...
  • Find men unsatisfactory as lovers or as partners on an emotional level...
  • May be very emotionally involved with a member of their own sex and wish to express their feelings through sexuality...

There are so many varying shades of grey within society and social mores that it often makes it difficult for an individual to express their sexual needs.

Some people may never be completely 'straight' or completely 'gay', especially during adolescence. It can take several years for an individual to identify as gay or lesbian. Few people can truly say that they belong exclusively to either extreme. Statistics list 1 in 10 as exclusively gay or lesbian, while others fall in the bisexual category. The sexual orientation which is best for a given individual is the one which she or he is most comfortable with. The sexual choices of others should be respected.

What is most important that you are happy, safe and respected for who you are, and the choices you make in your life. For more information and supprt you can contact the Brunswick offices or the Leeds Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Switchboard on 0113 245 3588 Mon-Sat 7pm-10pm for local contact groups in the West Yorkshire region.

Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. 


Women who have sex with women are at risk for STIs. Lesbian and bisexual women can transmit STIs to each other through:
• Skin-to-skin contact
• Oral sex 
• Vaginal fluids
• Menstrual blood
• Sharing sex toys
Tips for safer sex between women 
• If you're using sex toys, use a new condom for each partner or between penetrations of different orifices. Sex toys should be washed with soap and warm water between sessions. 
• Avoid oral sex if either of you has any cuts or sores in the mouth or on the lips, or use a dental dam. A dental dam is a latex or polyurethane (very thin, soft plastic) square, of about 15cm by 15cm, which you can use to cover the anus or female genitals during oral sex. It acts as a barrier to help prevent sexually transmitted infections passing from one person to another. 
• Some infections can be transmitted by hands, fingers and mutual vaginal rubbing. Wash your hands before and after sex. 
• Wear latex gloves and use plenty of water-based lubricant for vaginal and anal fisting. 

Click here for link to Beating about the Bush, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation's sexual health guide for women who have sex with women.