Anyone who is sexually active outside of a monogamous relationship is at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). That’s why it’s important to practice safe sex, get regular checkups at your OB/GYN and stay healthy — physically and mentally.
For lesbians, STIs can be transmitted woman-to-woman through skin-to-skin contact, fluids and more. And certain STIs are more common in sexual activity among lesbians. Go to womenshealth.gov for additional information on STIs.
So there’s the bad news, ready for the good news?
Sex can still be safe and exciting if you take the proper precautions. First and foremost, find an OB/GYN who has experience taking care of lesbian patients and has training to know about specific health issues. If you’re uncomfortable talking with your healthcare provider about your sex life, then you need to find a new doctor.
Contact the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) for an online health care referral at glma.org.
Once you find a doctor you’re comfortable with, practice safer sex by talking to your partner about their STI status and use a condom on sex toys, as well as watch your alcohol intake, exercise, and eat right. If you’ve taken all of the proper precautions, then it’s time to have fun!
If you’re a newbie to girl-on-girl sex, or you’ve just gotten stagnant and need to spice things up, here are some resources for better lesbian sex:
- A guy’s perspective: askmen.com
- A hilarious perspective: lovegirls.co.uk
- A practical perspective: lesbianlife.about.com
American writer Rita Mae Brown once said, “I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong and compassionate.” Well said.