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Health and wellbeing

Sexual health

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Sexual health is not static, and personal needs are likely to change throughout life for lots of different reasons. This could range from having children to a developing relationship, or even physical or mental illness.

It is therefore important to have access to good information at all times in order to maintain sexual health.

Where can I get sexual health advice?

There are many services available for adults which offer confidential care and support.

  • The GUM Clinic at Loughborough Hospital offer a range of sexual health services including the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, contraception advice and pregnancy testing.
  • Fertility problems can be a distressing experience for couples to overcome. You can get advice on a range of services from the NHS Fertility pages.
  • For information on symptoms, and advice on dealing with the menopause visit NHS Live Well.
  • If you are concerned specifically about HIV/ AIDS visit local support service LASS.

Pregnancy

There are many confidential services available to offer information and support throughout all stages of pregnancy.

  • Local service JAKIN offer confidential care and support in any circumstances.
  • The Family Planning Association provide straightforward advice around planning a pregnancy and related aspects.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault can be very damaging to physical and mental health, regardless of who commits it or whether it leaves any outwards signs.

Under any circumstances, it is crucial to seek professional advice and support to protect your wellbeing.

Positive sexual experiences can be very beneficial to personal health, and to the wellbeing of a relationship. Visit the NHS Live Well website for more information.

Talking to teenagers about relationships is not always easy but it is an important part of ensuring exploration takes place in a safe and healthy way.

  • Try broaching the subject lightly with one of the NHS Live Well 5 ideas for starting the conversation.
  • Use factual, accurately sourced information such as that from the BBC Health pages.
  • Try not to use scare techniques, let your child know your opinions but reassure them that you trust their decisions.