Higgins published in Journal of Women's Health

Tags: reproductive and population health

Jenny Higgins
In a new article, Jenny Higgins, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, examines sexual and reproductive healthcare and counseling offered to sexual minority women.

The study “Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Counseling?”, published by the Journal of Women’s Health, looked at sexual orientation disparities in the use of sexual and reproductive health services and counseling in clinical settings.

According to the study:

“In clinical settings, lesbian women were less likely to receive contraceptive counseling at pregnancy tests, and lesbian women without male partners were less likely to have a counseling about condom use at STD-related visits compared with heterosexual women.

At least some women and providers adjust health care seeking behaviors and information provided to women based upon recent sexual behavior histories. More work is needed to understand why disparities in reproductive health services and contraceptive use persist among SMW who engage in sex with men.

Read the whole article here