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Le suivi gynécologique des femmes ayant des rapports sexuels avec des femmes. Déterminants, enjeux, perspectives

Abstract : Introduction and objectives: sexual and reproductive health of women who have sex with women (WSW) is not targeted by public health policies in France. However, international research shows that they are prone to get sexually transmitted infections and experience violence. Being a woman who have sex with women is related to a lower use of gynaecological healthcare and screening programs like cervical cytology tests. The objective of this study is to explore WSW’s healthcare experience in gynaecology, focusing on aspects specifically related to sexual orientation. Methods: twenty-six interviews were conducted with cisgender women having sex with women from October 2017 to January 2018. Results: our results show that the lack of knowledge and recognition about sexuality between women influence healthcare experiences. With no existing role model about seeing a gynaecologist, health history is closely related to individual factors (experience of heterosexuality, pregnancy and gynaecological symptoms). Conclusion: the point is to reflect upon our bias and the way women’s specificities may foster health inequalities. We suggest adopting a professional attitude that is patient-centered, taking into account individual differences. This would benefit to all women consulting in gynaecology.
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Cécilia Giles. Le suivi gynécologique des femmes ayant des rapports sexuels avec des femmes. Déterminants, enjeux, perspectives. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2018. ⟨dumas-01925322⟩



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