It is vitally important to monitor your sexual health and be conscious of any threats to it or of issues that might arise as a consequence. The most important factor is to educate yourself as to what will put you at risk.
Book An Appointment At Your Sexual Health Clinic or Walk-in Clinic
You will be able to secure an appointment at your local GP or sexual health clinic merely by calling. It may be best to make the appointment at a time when you have privacy as you may be asked what the appointment is regarding. The workers at the clinic will be used to dealing with all kinds of patients and conditions, so you need not feel shy or embarrassed about discussing any questions that you may have about the appointment.
Attending Your Appointment
Whatever your concern may be, from suspected pregnancies to unprotected sex with a partner you think may have passed on a sexually transmitted disease (STD), your sexual health clinic will be able to answer any questions.
Your session will begin with a consultation. In this session you will need to explain your personal history of sexual activity, detailing all partners and what type of sex you have had (anal, oral or vaginal). You will need to detail exactly when you last had sexual intercourse, what contraceptives you used and how you used them. You will also need to detail any STD symptoms you have experienced. If you are a woman, you will need to know when you had your last period, when you expect your next period and mention any details of abnormalities in your menstrual cycle.
If you or your sexual health clinic suspects that you have a condition, you will need to provide semen (men) or a cervical swab sample (women) for examination and testing. You may also need to provide a urine sample. In some cases you will receive results immediately, however, for some conditions you will need to wait a week or two before receiving results.
Asking Questions And Receiving Sexual Health Advice
The appointment is the ideal opportunity to discuss your sexual activity, and ask any questions you might have in a confidential environment. You should feel free to discuss what contraceptives you use, how you use them and ask any questions you might have about your sexual health.
If you find it is overwhelming to absorb so much information, you can ask for literature relevant to your situation that you can take away and read at a later date.
There is also comprehensive information online at www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealth about all major conditions.
It is possible to pick up free condoms at any sexual health centre free of charge.
If you have any sexual health concerns, visit the Broadgate Sexual Health Clinic where our GP’s can discuss in private any worries you may have.