Doctor: Are you using any family planning methods?
Doctor: Do you have a need for any family planning methods?
Me: No; I’m a lesbian.
After years of prolonged conversations with doctors and nurses, I have discovered this is the only way to stop them trying to get me to take contraceptive pills, and I now try to say it early in the conversation so we can move on. Unfortunately, by being so straight forward about it, it’s possible to come across as strident, and I fear I may have slightly freaked out my doctor. What I particularly liked today, though, was the way my doctor asked if I had a need for contraception, rather than asking if I was sexually active (where the implication is that I would only be sexually active with men). Full marks to her.