“While all women have specific health risks, lesbian and bisexual women are at a higher risk for certain diseases than other women”.1

Umbrella
What may the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Bi
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Intersex
  • Lesbian
  • Questioning
  • Transgender
  • Trans

LGBTQ+ Community

Who may members of the LGBTQ+ community include?

In LGBTQ+ Health: Summary the (United States) MedlinePlus explain:

“Members of the LGBTQ+ community include people who are

  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Queer or Questioning
  • Elsewhere on the gender and sexuality spectrum or allies to the community”.2

Lesbian and Bisexual Women

What health concerns may lesbian and bisexual women have?

In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Lesbian and Bisexual Women the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elaborate on:

“Lesbian and bisexual women are part of a diverse community with various health concerns. While all women have specific health risks, lesbian and bisexual women are at a higher risk for certain diseases than other women”.3

Depression and Anxiety

What factors may lead to depression and anxiety?

In Factors Affecting LGBTI People Beyondblue elaborate on:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
“The majority of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. However, studies have found that non-heterosexual people face up to twice as much abuse or violence (including physical, mental, sexual or emotional) than their heterosexual counterparts. This prejudice and discrimination adds an additional layer of risk on top of biological, social, environmental and psychological factors which can lead to depression, anxiety and suicide”.4

In Factors Affecting LGBTI People: Lesbians and Other Women Attracted To Women Beyondblue also note:

“The Rainbow Women and Help Seeking Research Report identified that lesbian and bisexual women and women who identify with other sexual orientations such as asexual and pansexual have high rates of stress, distress, depression and anxiety.

Other research shows that bisexual and lesbian women experience higher levels of diagnosis or treatment for a mental health condition compared to women attracted to the opposite sex”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my health?

If you would like help with your health, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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Sources

  1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Page Last Reviewed: 22 April 2021. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/women.html Accessed: 17 May 2021
  2. LGBTQ+ Health: Summary. Page Last Updated on: 05 May 2021. Topic Last Reviewed: 14 May 2018. MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/lgbtqhealth.html Accessed: 17 May 2021
  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Page Last Reviewed: 22 April 2021. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/women.html Accessed: 17 May 2021
  4. Factors Affecting LGBTI People. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people Accessed: 17 May 2021
  5. Factors Affecting LGBTI People – Lesbians and Other Women Attracted To Women. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people Accessed: 17 May 2021

Topic Last Updated: 01 July 2021 – Topic Last Reviewed: 17 May 2021
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