The character of sexual function of women who have sex with women

Psychiatr Pol. 2018 Dec 29;52(6):1075-1085. doi: 10.12740/PP/OnlineFirst/75109. Epub 2018 Dec 29.
[Article in English, Polish]


This paper will discuss the character of sexual relationships between women, considering their social and cultural context. The problem is still little known also to experts dealing with mental and sexual health. This may have serious consequences for the process of correct diagnosis of sexuality-related issues reported by those women. The article focuses on selected factors that have an impact on the character of this group's sexual function. Those factors include sex, heteronormativity and homophobia, as well as social messages related to female sexuality and sexual relationships established by women. The authors take up and subject to critical examination also the issue of "lesbian bed death" and fusion in same-sex relationships established by women. Towards the end, there is a holistic model by Heather L. Armstrong and Elke D. Reissing that describes sexual problems of women who have sexual contact with other women. The authors consider the issues brought up herein to be significant from the clinical point of view. Acknowledgement thereof by professionals dealing with mental and sexual health may contribute to extensive reflection over sexual and relationship problems of women who have sex with women, as well as to providing more efficient help to this group.

Keywords: homosexuality; sexual dysfunction; women who have sex with women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Homophobia / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities / psychology*
  • Sexuality / psychology*
  • Transgender Persons / psychology
  • Women's Health*