OHSU is open and providing safe care — in person and through virtual visits. Please call your clinic or see MyChart for details. As a reproductive psychiatrist and certified sexual health therapist, Dr. Cirino helps women who are struggling with emotional or mental health barriers to a healthy sex life. Studies have shown that sex is extremely beneficial to our health. Sex activates a variety of neurotransmitters that impact not only our brains but several other organs in our bodies.
The Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life | Center for Women's Health | OHSU
Women who have sex with women WSW are women who engage in sexual activities with other women, whether or not they identify themselves as lesbian , bisexual , heterosexual , or dispense with sexual identification altogether. In terms of medical issues with regard to lesbian sexual practices , the sexual identification of women who consult a medical professional is usually not sought nor volunteered, due to the misconceptions and assumptions about sexuality and the hesitancy of some women in disclosing their accurate sexual histories even to a physician. Many women who do not participate in heterosexual activity do not go to see a physician because they do not require birth control , which is the initiating factor for most women to seek consultation with a gynecologist when they become sexually active. Lesbians are less likely than their heterosexual and bisexual counterparts to get screened for cervical cancer , with some being refused screenings by medical professionals. The lower rate of lesbians tested by regular pap smears makes it more difficult to detect cervical cancer at early stages in lesbians. The risk factors for developing ovarian cancer rates are higher in lesbians than in heterosexual women, perhaps because many lesbians lack protective factors of pregnancy, abortion, contraceptives, breastfeeding, and miscarriages. A factor which leads to lesbians neglecting to seek medical screening in the United States is a lack of health insurance offered by employers for same-sex domestic partners.