Substance Abuse Among the WSW Population

Does the WSW population have a higher rate of substance abuse than the general population?

This is an excellent question and one that needs more research to accurately answer. However, it is believed that women of sexual minority do,in fact, have a higher rate of substance abuse than the general population.

Higher substance abuse rates among sexual minority women makes sense given the social stigma, marginalization, and discrimination of the population in our society.

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How To Do a Self Breast Exam

How to do a Self Breast Exam

Along with many other health care providers, I believe self breast exams (SBE)s are an important part of breast health.

Self breast exams, along with mammography, are often the reason women are able to find and treat breast cancers.

Most women only get clinical breast exams done by their health care providers once a year with their annual exam. So it's important for women to be checking their own breasts on a regular basis in between breast exams done by your health care provider.

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Bacterial Vaginosis: a Common WSW Diagnosis.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis and why do my partner and I keep getting it?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not traditionally considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but it is commonly found in women who have sex with women (WSW) and can be transmitted between two women.

The vagina naturally has many bacteria residing in it and the balance (flora) of them are all in harmony. With BV, one kind of bacteria (usually Gardnerella) overgrows and changes the natural pH of the vagina, making it more alkaline.

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Breast Cancer: What's My Risk As a WSW?

Is there a higher risk/incidence of breast cancer in Sexual Minority Women?

This is an excellent question and one that has an uncertain answer. First of all, there is little reliable research available to answer this question with confidence. But, it may be true that women of sexual minority have a higher risk or incidence of breast cancer, compared to that of a heterosexual woman.

According to Susan Komen for the Cure, it is estimated that in 2013, 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed. Breast cancer is a big risk for women, and less so, for men. It is a difficult and oftentimes devastating diagnosis.

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What Is HPV and Can It Affect Me As a WSW?

Human Papillomavirus and the WSW Population

Genital Human papillomavirus or HPV, is a virus that is responsible for most cervical cancers and genital warts.It is also the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The CDC also states that HPV can be responsible for throat cancers and cancer of the genitals and anus.

Genital warts often are visible, but the more serious cervical cancer caused by HPV shows no symptoms most of the time unless it's detected early with a PAP smear.

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That Kind of Gay

I swore I’d never be that kind of gay.

I finally came out of the closet in my early 20s when I decided the pain of being in the closet was far worse than the risk of coming out.

I was raised in a small town (that I still live in) with a strict religion, and was surrounded by people I’d grown up around.  I was always taught that homosexuality was a sin. One of the very worst kinds.

So I tried. For years, I tried. To not be gay.

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5 Easy Ways to Identify Whether Your Health Care Clinic Is Open and Affirming

You're a WSW woman who's looking for a new health care clinic, or you're visiting a new new clinic for the first time. How safe are you to be OUT? How can you know?

Hopefully this won't even be an issue for you. However, if it is, here are 5 clues as to whether or not your provider and/or clinic is safe and affirming toward gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, intersex, transgender, and queer women, or women who identify as straight and have sex with women.

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