National Sexual Wellbeing Survey 2018: Women Who Have Sex With Women

Published: 16 August 2018 Tags: National Sexual Wellbeing Survey 2018: Women Who Have Sex With Women By Virginie Assal

As part of our annual health campaign for lesbian and bisexual women, we are working closely with renowned researcher Professor Catherine Meads - who has been conducting research into LGBT health needs since 1992 – to launch a large-scale survey asking women who have sex with women* (WSW) about their experiences centred around sexual wellbeing.

"Sexual Wellbeing" within this research means:

'a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual [wellbeing] requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence'. (This definition is the World Health Organisation's definition of sexual health)


Please click here to complete the survey: https://bit.ly/2MkBlay


What is this survey?

This survey is part of LGBT Foundation’s Women’s Programme research into the sexual wellbeing of women who have sex with women.

"Sexual Wellbeing" within this research means 'a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual [wellbeing] requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence' (World Health Organisation, 2018).

The sections in this survey will cover topics such as wellbeing, confidence, communication, pleasure, behaviour, exploration and access to services. .

This survey will run between August and November 2018 and will be followed by national focus groups. The results will be released in a report and shared with the wider community, service providers, media nationally.

This survey should take around 20 minutes to complete.

Who is this survey for?

This research is inclusive of people who identify as women – all or part of the time - including trans women, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as lesbian, bisexual or are questioning their sexual orientation or who do not identify in this way but do have sex, or intend to have sex, with women.

This survey is aimed at women from all backgrounds, including black women, women of colour, disabled women, older women, women who are parents or currently pregnant, women engaged in sex work, women from travelling communities, migrant women, women seeking asylum and who are refugees, and women with no access to public funds.

Why are we conducting this research?

This research is a priority now as there is a lack of up-to-date national evidence on sexual wellbeing for lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women. Previous research in this area took a more clinical approach to sexual health but excluded other factors including pleasure, exploration, health, access to services, confidence, and consent.

The data we gather will provide us with a greater understanding of your needs, and will inform the design of our services as well as influencing policy and support for women nationally.

How will we keep your responses safe?

The information received throughout all aspects of this research will remain anonymous and confidential throughout.

Please note that you are able to exit this survey at any time by pressing the “exit” in the top right-hand corner of your window. If you do, all information you have provided on that page will be deleted and all responses up until that page will be kept confidential and still used within the research.

If you wish to have all responses you have provided deleted at any stage of completing the survey, you can simply close the browser window (by pressing the 'x' in the top right hand corner of your screen and all your answers will be discarded from the research.

Please complete the survey until the 'end of survey' page if you wish to have your answers included in this research

If you choose to exit this survey at any time it will not impact on your ability to access LGBT Foundation services or any other service.

Anything else?

Thank you for taking your time to share your experiences and opinions through this survey

If you have any questions about this survey as a professional or would like to be involved in the research as an organisation, please contact Claudia.carvell@lgbt.foundation.

Thank you for your time and for your support in ensuring lesbian, bi and other women who have sex with women’s experiences of sexual wellbeing are heard!

*This research is inclusive of people who identify as women – all or part of the time - including trans women, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as lesbian, bisexual or are questioning their sexual orientation or who do not identify in this way but do have sex, or intend to have sex, with women.

This survey is aimed at women from all backgrounds, including black women, women of colour, disabled women, older women, women who are parents or currently pregnant, women engaged in sex work, women from travelling communities, women seeking asylum and who are refugees, and women with no access to public funds.


Please click here to complete the survey: https://bit.ly/2MkBlay