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Health Hazards for Lesbians
The lesbians are known to suffer from a greater
incidence of diseases than straight women. The lesbians are at a greater
risk of suffering from breast cancer as the incidence of the breast cancer
greatly reduces in case a woman becomes a mother and does breast feeding,
but as lesbians more often than not don't bear children and hence don't breast
feed children they make themselves more prone to breast cancer. Also there
is a general reluctance on the part of the lesbians to go to doctors and
get themselves tested for cancer. There can be various reasons for this such
as the fear of being misunderstood in case they reveal their sexual orientation
or they might just not feel the need of getting tested due to a low awareness
The lesbians are also more likely to have cancer
as a result of their increased smoking. It has been observed by a few researchers
that lesbians have a greater probability of smoking than the straight women.
The reasons that are cited for this are the norms prevalent in the society
that happen to be discriminating against the lesbians and the need to always
mask one's sexual orientation. All these factors coupled together result
in a lot of psychological stress and the lesbians take to smoking and alcoholism
as recourse or an escape route.
Some of the health hazards that the lesbians need
to watch out for are depression and anxiety. Getting ostracized at times
or meeting familial disapproval can take their toll on the self-esteem of
the lesbians, but the way out is not to be in dumps. Instead it is advisable
to meet the challenge head on. Get yourself involved in a lot of activities.
You can also be a part of some stress busting courses like yoga or meditation
that go a great way in dealing with stress.
The lesbian women can also contract certain
sexually transmitted diseases in case they don't practice safe sex. The sexually
transmitted diseases that are known to affect the women, both lesbians and
the heterosexual women are Human papillomavirus (HPV), Trich, Herpes, Syphilis,
HIV and AIDS. However the lesbians should take precautions such as enquiring
about the past of her partner. In case you happen to be unaware of your partner's
past then you can indulge in activities that don't involve the sharing of
your vaginal fluids.
The answer to facing these health hazards lies
in choosing a healthy and a stress free lifestyle. Choose to stay healthy
by adopting a healthy diet regimen, leading a physically active life, drinking
moderately, having safe sex and last but not the least, being proud of all
that you stand for.