Women Who Have Sex With Women

For women who have sex with women, it is important to take care of your physical and mental health.

Cervical Health

It is important to take care of your cervical health by getting screenings to check for abnormal cervical cells. Abnormal cervical cells can go away on their own, but they can also be a sign of cervical cancer. There are 2 screening tests for abnormal cervical cells:

Pap Test

A pap test is done by a healthcare provider during a pelvic exam. The provider will collect a sample of cervical cells to be evaluated by a laboratory. Most of the time (90%) the results are normal. If the results come back abnormal, your provider will talk to you about the next steps including further testing. Healthcare providers recommend that women, ages 21-29 have a pap test every 3 years if their results come back as normal. A first pap test should occur before age 21.

HPV Test

An HPV (human papillomavirus) test is done:

  • If a women's pap test results come back inconclusive, or not normal or abnormal.
  • As an another cervical cancer screening tool for women age 30 and older.

Learn more about cervical cancer and screening.

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Breast Health

Breasts come in all shapes an sizes. It is important to look at and feel your breasts to know what is normal for you and to identify any changes. If you notice any changes in your breasts contact your healthcare provider.

Learn more about breast health.

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Ovarian Health

It is important to learn more about your ovarian health. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about your ovaries and how to identify any changes.

Learn more about ovarian health.

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Your Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is important for your overall wellbeing. This can include talking to a therapist or participating in activities that improve your health and wellness. Many local and national resources have online or in-person groups where you can find support.

You can also visit SF State Counseling and Psychological Services if you want to speak with someone at SF State.

24 Hour Services for Suicide Prevention

For Life-Threatening Emergencies

  • On campus - call 8-2222
  • Off campus - call 911

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Resources

SF State Resources

Bay Area Resources

National and International Resources

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