Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Lesbian CoupleWomen who are lesbian, bisexual, or transgender can have distinctive health issues and health care needs. At Kaiser Permanente medical offices, our compassionate providers are committed to supporting your health and well-being throughout your life.  

Adolescence and young adulthood can be especially confusing as you develop your identity and explore your feelings. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about your sexual orientation. We can help you find your way, and share resources to help support the choices you make.

If you have questions about gender identity or transgender issues, we're open to exploring anything from your feelings to options for physical transformation. We're comfortable with caring for transgender people — before, during, and after transition.

We encourage you to communicate honestly with us about your sexuality. It helps us address your concerns, including other important issues such as safe-sex practices.

Even women who have sex with women are at risk for some sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs such as chlamydia are easily treated if diagnosed early. We'll help you set up a schedule of preventive screenings to help keep you and your partner safe.

It's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that lesbian, bisexual, or transgender women are more likely to smoke — and are also more prone to depression. Take any feelings of stress, sadness, or depression seriously, and talk with your doctor or a Behavioral Health Services specialist. Depression can be successfully treated, and we can help get you back on track.