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Sexual Health

 

Both men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

For instance there are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could be carrying without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to make use of the sexual health services available for free on the NHS.

 

 

 Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic

 

 

We offer Contraception and Sexual Health appointments in addition to our family planning clinic’s on Tuesday afternoons 2.00 pm  – 3.30 pm.

These clinics are run by specially trained nurses who work alongside a doctor.

 

The services available:

  • Contraceptive advice including coils and implants 
  • Emergency contraception
  • Advice on sexual problems
  • Advice on infections and tests
  • Cervical smear tests
  • Health advice for getting pregnant
  • HRT
  • Complete confidentiality – (We do not tell anyone else without your agreement, unless you or someone else is at risk of serious harm.  In these circumstances we would not refer to other agencies without your knowledge)

To book an appointment please phone 01299 402157 (it helps us if we have a rough idea what your appointment is for, so the receptionist will ask when you book.  If you prefer not to say, that's fine).

 

    

Useful Resources:
 

Sex & Young People
A comprehensive guide to the questions you may have about sex from the NHS


Sexually Transmitted Infections
Issues, symptoms and treatments


Sexual Health FAQs
Expert answers from a qualified Doctor


Netdoctor
Here you'll find tips for a fulfilling sex life plus advice on STDs, contraception and common sex problems.


FPA - The Sexual Health Charity
Sexual health advice and information on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion and planning a pregnancy.

Playin' It Safe
Free and confidential advice on sex and relationships, facts about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and information on local services.

 

 

 

Contraception

 

There are so many different types of contraception available that you should be able to find the right method. You may have to try several different things before you choose the one you like most.

 

 

 

 

 

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

 

There are 4 methods of this and all can be fitted or give at our surgery.

 

1. Contraceptive Implant (Nexplanon) This is a flexible rod the size of a Kirby grip which sits under the skin of the upper arm .It releases progestogen hormone which stops the ovary releasing the egg, thickens the mucus at the entrance to the womb (cervix) and thins the lining of the womb to prevent a fertilised egg implanting and starting a pregnancy. It lasts 3 years .Your period may stop, be irregular or longer .When the implant is removed your fertility will return to normal .It is fitted by inserting the implant under the skin with cover of local anesthesia. To remove it a small cut is made and the implant gently removed again under local anesthesia. Less than one women in 1,000 will get pregnant over the 3 years

 

2. Contraceptive Injection (Depo-Provera) this is an injection given intramuscularly which lasts 12 weeks. It releases the hormone progestogen which stops ovulation, thickens cervical mucus to prevent the sperm reaching an egg and thins the lining of the womb preventing a fertilised egg implanting. Your periods may stop, be irregular or longer. The hormone is usually injected in to the buttock muscle. The injection cannot be removed from the body so any side effects may continue for as long as it works and for some time afterwards. Less than 4 women in 1,000 will get pregnant over 2 years.

 

3. Intrauterine Device (IUD) A small plastic and copper device is put into the womb. It stops sperm reaching the egg and may also stop a fertilised egg implanting in to the womb. It can stay in 5-10 years .Your periods maybe heavier and longer. When the IUD is removed your fertility will return to normal. A doctor will fit the device .This takes 15-20 minutes .It can be uncomfortable or painful and you may wish to have a local anesthetic .The IUD has 2 soft threads that hang through the entrance of the womb high in the vagina. By pulling on these threads the doctor/nurse can remove the IUD.less than 2 women in 100 will get pregnant over 5 years.

 

4. Intrauterine System (IUS / Mirena) a small plastic device which releases the hormone progestogen is put in the womb. This thickens cervical mucus to prevent the sperm reaching an egg; this thins the lining of the womb to prevent a fertilised egg implanting and may stop ovulation. It works for 5 years .Your periods will become lighter shorter and less painful. They may stop altogether. A doctor will insert the IUS .This takes 15-20minutes .It can be painful or uncomfortable and you may want to use local anesthetic .The IUS threads hang through the womb entrance high in the vagina .A doctor /nurse can remove the IUS by pulling on its threads Less than one in 100 women will get pregnant over 5 years using the IUS. When the IUS is removed your fertility will return to normal.

 

 

 

Useful Resources:

 

NetDoctor
A Family Planning specialist writes about the different types of contraception, the benefits and pitfalls and how effective they are


Contraception - NHS Choices
Information on Contraception from NHS Choices including why, when and how it should be used and with links to other useful resources.


Hormonal Contraception
This factsheet is for women who are taking hormonal contraceptives, or who would like information about them.

 

Chlamydia

 

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection among under-25s. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple. Causes and risk factors Chlamydia is usually passed from one person to another during vaginal, oral or anal sex, or by sharing sex toys. It can live inside cells of the cervix, urethra, rectum and sometimes in the throat and eyes.

 

Chlamydia testing is available in ALL sexual health venues as well as:

 

Telephone – ‘request a kit’ service can be accessed by those aged 16-24 – RING 01905 363909

 

Internet – ‘request a kit’ service can be accessed by those aged 16-24 – http://www.freetest.me/

 

Useful Links


NHS Choices - focus on Chlamydia
Information, videos and advice from the NHS website

Chlamydia
This factsheet is for people who have chlamydia, or who would like information about it.

 

www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk

Chlamydia Screening Website

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