What is This Section About?
Welcome to the Health Information portion of the Mautner Website. The information we've collected for your use here reflects a large portion of what the Mautner Project does to help service the LGBT Community. Since you're here, you probably have some questions about the health issues facing our community today. If you can't find the answers to your questions here, please fell free to call us at 202.332.5536 or email us. We're always happy to help!
Please remember, the Mautner Project does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, but we CAN help you select a doctor who will.
How Do I Use This Section?
A list of the current topics Mautner offers information about are listed on the right side of the website. This list changes frequently as new information is added and new advances made in health care. Please check back frequently. Click on the arrow to see the sub-sections available under that topic. A circle means there are no sub-sections to view, just click on the title to learn about that topic.
Lesbian Health 101
How is lesbian health different from general women’s health?
Keep in mind that as a woman, you may be affected by breast and cervical cancer, heart disease, and the many other health issues that effect all women. Smoking, obesity, and alcohol consumption may increase your risk of developing certain health problems. Take charge of your health and wellness!
As a woman who partners with women, you may face significant barriers to good health care. Though many providers seek out training from the Mautner Project and other organizations on how to better serve LGBT patients, not all providers provide culturally competent care to women who partner with women. You may have experienced discrimination from a medical provider in the past, and may now avoid or delay going to the doctor for fear of a repeat experience. You may not be covered under your partner’s insurance and cannot afford care. Know that you are not alone, and that your experiences are valid.
As a lesbian or other woman who partners with women, what can you do to take charge of your health?
Take care of yourself. Eat healthy and exercise. Use alcohol in moderation and quit smoking. Find a medical provider that you trust and have regular checkups.