Sexual health is about looking after yourself and others. This means enjoying the sexual activity you want, safely, without causing you or anyone else any suffering, either physical or mental. It is not just about using contraception or avoiding infections.

How do I tell if I have an STI?

Some infections don’t have any symptoms, so if you have had unprotected sex (i.e. you didn’t use a condom or the condom burst) and are worried about it you may want to get a check up.
Signs of an infection may include the following:

  • Any unusual discharge (either vaginal or back passage)
  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Pain or bleeding during sex
  • Itches, rashes, sores, lumps or blisters on genitals or near the back passage
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Any unusual pain in your pelvic area

If you have any of these symptoms, its important to get them checked out, If you are phoning for an appointment at the Sexual Health Clinic just tell us you have symptoms and we will try to see you as soon as possible. You don’t need to tell us on the phone what the symptoms are if you don’t want to.


Some women suffer from painful periods and some may suffer from PMS. For further information on PMS and period pains, you can download a recently updated leaflet on PMS and period pains from Use the search facility and search for pre menstrual syndrome to access the leaflet on PMS and Painful Periods.

  • breast awareness
  • smear tests
  • pregnancy
  • menopause