We ❤ being healthy

The LGF have recently released a major new report into the healthcare needs and experiences of lesbian and bisexul women. Entitled 'Beyond Babeis & Breast Cancer - Expanding Our Understanding of Women's Health Needs', it is essential reading for all clinicians, commissioners and researchers. Click here to download a PDF version of the report and accompanying action plans.

The LGF wants to help all lesbian and bisexual women to live healthy, happy lives. We run services to help improve mental health and wellbeing as well as providing a range of information and resources on physical health for women. Click here to find out more about our wellbeing services.

Looking for sexual health information? Click here to visit our section on sex and sexual health for women who have sex with women. The LGF provides free safer sex info packs and dental dams on request - email women@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 30 30. If you're worried about your sexual health, or think you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) click here to find out more.

We know that lesbian and bisexual women sometimes have specific health care needs. We continually try to raise awareness of health issues which affect lesbian and bisexual women and to improve healthcare services.

Our Are You Ready For Your Screen Test? campaign aims to dispel myths about cervical screening for lesbian and bisexual women. Through our Pride In Practice scheme, we work with GPs and health centres to help them improve the services they offer to LGB people.  We also share women's real-life stories to highlight the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women:

Our resources for lesbian and bisexual women include:


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Are You Ready For Your Screen Test?

Our 'Are you ready for your screen test?' campaign for women aims to dispel the myths around lesbian and bisexual women and cervical screening, and raise awareness that lesbian and bisexual women do need regular cervical screening tests.

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 who have a cervix – including lesbian and bisexual women - need to go for regular cervical screening.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, can be passed on during sex. This includes sexual activity between two women. To find out more go to www.lgf.org.uk/screening.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE (1.9Mb .pdf)

Read more about cervical screening | Jump straight to our screening toolkit


Thanks for the Mammaries

mammaries spread Stonewall's 2008 report on lesbian and bisexual women's health - Prescription for Change - found that 1/12 lesbian and bisexual women aged between 50 and 79 have been diagnosed with breast cancer, compared to 1/20 women in general.

Therefore it is important that we provide information to lesbian and bisexual women on breast health.

Getting to know yours, and her breasts can be fun and also very important and knowing how your breasts look and feel can help in the early detection of breast cancer.

This section will tell you all you need to know about breast health!

• Your breasts • Size isn't everything • The sex bit
• The Bra! • Age changes • Nipples
• Breast cancer • Pregnant boobs  

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE (2.3Mb .pdf)


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In partnership with NHS Manchester, we've published this informative resource for lesbian and bisexual women to help pass on information about drinking safely and responsibly and looking after our health.

In this resource we take a look at why women like to drink, the effects of alcohol on our health and behaviour, where to get support, alternative ways to be social without getting worse for wear, and much more.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE (1.6Mb .pdf)


Beating about the Bush

beating about the bush spreadOur guide to sex and sexual health for women who have sex with women.

This is the first resource of its kind in the UK for lesbian and bisexual women. It is also the most popular resource the LGF has ever produced.

The guide contains the following topics which you can click on and read now:

So what's down there? - masturbation Women & sex Sexual behaviour
Safer Sex Women and HIV When sex doesn't satisfy
Sex & Drugs Sex & Alcohol Porn & Erotica
Sex Toys Meeting women who like women  

 

or - DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE (5.0Mb .pdf)

 

For more information call 0845 3 30 30 30 or email women@lgf.org.uk