Childhood maltreatment and bullying may partially explain why lesbians and bisexual women have higher rates of teen pregnancy than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Young lesbians and bisexual women are roughly twice as likely as those who identify as heterosexual to have a teen pregnancy, according to previously published research, and this new study — conducted by researchers at Harvard, the City University of New York and San Diego State — set out to explore what factors contributed to the disproportionate rates. Their report, "Teen Pregnancy Risk Factors Among Young Women of Diverse Sexual Orientations," gathered data from 7, young women of all sexual orientations to examine teen pregnancy risk factors, such as childhood maltreatment, bullying as both perpetrators and victims and gender-nonconformity.
The objective of this study was to explore lesbian and bisexual women's experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. This study analysed predominantly qualitative online survey data from 60 non-heterosexual, mostly lesbian, women from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. All but one of the pregnancies was planned.
Whether a bisexual guy is more concerned with sexual or emotional infidelity depends on whether he's dating a man or a woman, new research finds. The study bolsters the idea that jealousy is evolutionarily designed : Men tend to worry about sexual infidelitybecause they want to know that their female partners' children are their own, and women tend to worry about emotional infidelity, stemming from a time when they had to worry about men allocating resources to their relationship. Under this theory, it makes sense that bisexual men dating women would be more worried about sexual infidelity than bisexual men dating men, who can't get pregnant, said study researcher Cory Scherer, a social psychologist at Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill.
ABSTRACT: Lesbians and bisexual women encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure, discriminatory attitudes and treatment, limited access to health care and health insurance, and often a limited understanding as to what their health risks may be. Health care providers should offer quality care to all women regardless of sexual orientation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorses equitable treatment for lesbians and bisexual women and their families, not only for direct health care needs, but also for indirect health care issues.
Young bisexual women were five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience teen pregnancy, a finding that was partially explained by childhood maltreatment and bullying, according to a study published in the April Pediatrics. Women who reached sexual minority developmental milestones earlier in life also were at higher risk of teen pregnancy, the study found. The authors conclude that teen pregnancy prevention efforts should focus on risk factors such as childhood maltreatment and bullying, with additional attention to sexual minorities.
Reuters Health - Pregnancies are more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths than among their heterosexual counterparts, suggests a new study of New York City high school students. Overall, sexual-minority students who were sexually active were about twice as likely as other students to report becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant, researchers found. Previous studies had found an increased risk of pregnancies among sexual minority youths, but those data were old and mostly collected for girls only.
In adolescence, when sexual exploration is new, many people have both male and female sexual partners. Regardless of their identity or orientation, youth can be vulnerable to pregnancy involvement. Sexual health programs are often slightly adapted so that abstinence and STD education will be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT youth.
Brittany M. Charlton Teenagers who are of a sexual minority are at increased risk of teen pregnancy, with those who identify as bisexual having a nearly fivefold increased risk of becoming pregnant, according to research published in Pediatrics. According to Brittany M. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues, teenagers who identify as mostly heterosexual or lesbian have approximately a doubled risk of teen pregnancy.