Contact us to discuss your drug or alcohol issues on 020 7833 1674 (10am-6pm, Monday to Friday). Ask for one of the Antidote Team.
For lesbians &
LGB&T people, including lesbians and bisexual women, use three times more drugs and alcohol than non-LGB&T people. So it’s important to be aware of how this use can affect your sexual health.
As a depressant, alcohol affects sensitivity, including the nerve endings in our genitalia which can decrease feelings of pleasure and sexual arousal, making orgasm more difficult to achieve.
Alcohol can also affect our ability to produce lubrication. All this may result in a frustrating or less satisfactory or sexual experience.
Drugs too can interfere with our sexual pleasure. Cocaine in particular can be responsible for a lack of natural vaginal lubrication, making it more vulnerable to damage and infection. This means that using lubricant is even more important.
Both drugs and alcohol impede our judgment and can be partly responsible for us choosing inappropriate partners or having rougher sex without appropriate precautions. Being heavily intoxicated can also minimize our ability to provide consent.
Drugs can also affect hormones and menstrual cycles (sometimes stopping our cycles altogether). Fertility is also lowered with the use of drugs and alcohol.
Alcohol and drugs can also affect our relationships, by making us less stable in our emotional sensitivity, and ability to empathise.
If you want to address your drug and, or alcohol use, please contact our Antidote team, who will be happy to discuss these issues with you. Or visit one of our drop-in clinics.
Monday morning drop in - Kings Cross
Visit our Monday morning drop in where you will find a welcoming environment with experts available for a chat. Acupuncture and refreshments are available and no appointment is needed. Women workers are available to see you at the drop in. Our Monday drop-in offers a quieter space than our Thursday evening drop-in in Soho.
When & where: Our Kings Cross drop-in runs every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 11am to 1pm at our main office - 86 Caledonian Road, N1 9DN.
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Thursday night drop in
You can also visit our Thursday evening drop in where you will find a welcoming environment with experts available for a chat. Acupuncture and refreshments are available and no appointment is needed. Women workers are available to see you at the drop in.
When & where: Thursday nights between 6pm and 8.30pm at 32a Wardour Street, London, W1D 6AQ.
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- Download the lesbian sexual health booklet beating-about-the-bush produced by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.
- Download our Drink Diary – a useful tool for helping to understand and reduce alcohol consumption