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"Do you find that you get anxious before a doctor’s appointment?

Do you put off or even cancel your yearly check up?

Do medical examinations trigger memories from the past?

Do you ever “space out” or dissociate during a medical examination you find particularly difficult?

Many women have…

Reblogging for an anon.  Hope this helps! Keep in mind that these tips are not just for women survivors :)

~ Joy


These brochures were developed by the super terrific UCSF Center for Excellence for Transgender Health with the California Family Health Council, and are available in English and Spanish.


When it comes to screenings for ovarian and other gynecological cancers, we’re here for you. Make an appointment for your well-woman exam today:bit.ly/findPP 

And remember, there are some folks who do not I.D as women who will want to make sure they’re having regular gynecological exams as well.


Heading back to school? It’s the perfect time to think about your health. Make sure you schedule a checkup and STD test before you start: bit.ly/findPP

For college students who aren’t near a PP clinic (or don’t have off-campus transportation to get to one), many student health centers will have sexual healthcare services and free or cheap condoms. 



The majority of people’s experiences in sex ed.

The quality of sexual health education is poor in the United States. This  encompasses not only behaviors but also how to communicate about the range of topics that arise within discussions of human sexuality.

To be more specific: a whole lot of people are engaging in sexual activity and remaining in sexual relationships without resources, education, experience in talking about sex.


Every day is a good day to take care of your sexual health, but June 27th is all about HIV testing. In honor of National HIV Testing Day, we created e-cards to help you spread the word and remind the people you care about most to get tested and know their…

(via thecsph)



Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day so we asked Chella Quint, who runs the #PeriodPositive project, to write us a guest blog-post on how to teach young people about menstruation. Here are a few of her tips!


Bre, Masakhane Program Development Intern


Novel Idea: What If We Actually Researched Whether Menstrual Products Are Safe to Use


Think about your favorite — or not so favorite — menstrual hygiene product commercial. Usually some racially ambiguous person who presumably menstruates floats across the screen in a lily white dress,…



Someone asked us:

I’m a lesbian teenager who is not currently sexually active. However, I’ve never really had any exposure to gay sex-ed, and was wondering what the basics are for when I do become sexually active?

It’s truly excellent that you’re the be-prepared type. And yes, a lot of sex ed out there is deeply heteronormative and cissexist — which are big words for “not relevant for people who are LGBTQ.”

As you know, everyone — regardless of gender or sexual orientation — needs to protect themselves from STDs if they’re sexually active. While girl-on-girl sex isn’t very likely to pass HIV, there are plenty of other STDs to watch out for. Infections like herpesgenital wartschlamydiagonorrhea, and syphilis can be spread from sexual skin-to-skin contact (like a mouth on a vulva, or bare genital rubbing), and through exposure to each other’s vaginal fluids. Using a Sheer Glyde dam for oral sex, and condoms on any sex toys you share, will help prevent STDs. Some people also use rubber gloves to protect their hands and avoid passing vaginal fluids. And sexually active folks should be tested for STDs at least once a year (but note that Pap tests don’t screen for STDs — if you want to be tested, make sure to ask).

Never put anything in a vagina, like fingers or sex toys, that’s been in the back door, because anal germs can cause vaginal infections. Another note on the butt: ALWAYS use lube if you’re going to put anything in there. The anus doesn’t self-lubricate the way the vagina does, and anal penetration with fingers or toys can cause irritation and tears that may increase your STD risk. Now might also be a good time to remind you and any potential partners to wash your hands before and after touching each other’s genitals.

And you know, being safety-conscious starts with having open dialogue with your partner(s). It may seem a little awkward to ask a new girlfriend about their STD status, when they were last tested, what protection they want to use, etc., but it’s all just a part of being a safe and responsible sexually active person. And really — if you’re going to get naked with someone, how hard can having a convo about health be? A lot of people never ask, roll the dice, and hope for the best. Don’t be that gal. Talking openly protects you AND your partners.

While this is a pretty solid start to safe lesbian sex, remember that being sexually active isn’t just about avoiding STDs. Good sex is about pleasureconsent, and learning about your body, so keep reading and keep asking questions. It’ll come in handy whenever you decide you’re ready!

- Calvin and Maureen at QueerTips