Your GP surgery is able to help with sexual health matters - including any symptoms that you may be worried about. You can also directly access routine information, advice and guidance online - or from a range of associated health services in your area.
The practice offers a full range of contraceptive services, confidentially, free and to all ages. Unplanned pregnancies can be extremely stressful and it is often difficult to decide about what to do. Some patients will chose to continue with their pregnancy whilst others will opt for a termination (BPAS).
Emergency contraception prevents conception after sex - thereby avoiding the possibility of an abortion. This can be done by taking tablets or by fitting an inter-uterine contraceptive device (coil).
There are two types of tablets available. The most recent advance is Levonelle which is the safest, easiest to use and is remarkably free of side effects.
Tablets can only be used if they are taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex and on the assumption that you have had no other episodes of unprotected sex since your last period.
Free emergency contraception can also be provided for under 25 year-olds.
Other local services may be available. Contact NHS 111 if you need help in finding local emergency contraceptive services.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually-transmitted infection, most of those infected not realising they have it. In women, untreated, it can make future pregnancy difficult or impossible.
The practice is part of a chlamydia screening programme for young people (men and women aged 16-25 years). You can be tested, whether or not you have symptoms.
The test is either a urine test, or, if female, a self-taken vaginal swab. If the result is positive, the patient will be contacted confidentially to arrange treatment. Test packs can be obtained from a GP, a nurse or from our reception.