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Sex and relationships are an important part of life and just like we need to look after our physical and mental health, we also need to take care of our sexual health. In order to do this we need to know everything there is to know about our bodies, sex, infections, contraception, pregnancies and so on. Often this will include breaking down some of the myths about sex and relationships that are all around us. For instance, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) affect people of all ages and regular tests and screens are recommended for everyone, not just young people. In fact nearly half of all STI diagnoses are amongst adults over 25.
Whilst having sex should always be a positive experience for both partners, it can also lead to catching an infection or becoming pregnant without wanting to. Condoms are really effective at preventing both infections, such as Chlamydia, and unwanted pregnancies and should be used every time you have sex. To provide ideal protection against unwanted pregnancies, you should also consider using an additional form of contraception, long lasting and reliable methods like an implant, injection or coil are ideal.
A comprehensive list of sexual health services for women in Sheffield
I think I might be pregnant
It’s important to have a test as soon as possible. Free tests are available at sexual health clinics and GP practices and the doctors and nurses are able to offer advice around pregnancy options
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under 35. Cervical screening is a way of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix at an early stage
Having positive and equal relationships are central to our health and wellbeing and how we see ourselves. However some relationships may be harmful. It may sometimes to be necessary to review our relationships by asking ourselves some key questions
Women’s sexual problems
Difficulties around sex are common for women of all ages. Some concerns go away by themselves whilst others need treatment. Specialist services are available to offer help
The menopause or the ‘change of life’ is marked by the ending of menstruation and can cause a number of symptoms as the hormone levels change. The average age for a woman to reach menopause in the UK is 52
Lesbian and bisexual women’s health and support
Health information for lesbian and bisexual women, including details of support services in Sheffield
I need someone to talk to
At times you may want to have a chat about your sexual health, perhaps to get some information about keeping safe or advice about different methods of contraception. You can come to one of the sexual health services for a face to face chat or if you prefer to have a phone conversations there are helplines available