Sexual health is often considered to be a taboo topic, however, it is in fact a vital part of our wellbeing as a whole. Knowing the help that is available to us, as well as increasing our knowledge surrounding sexual health can help us to feel at ease. That’s why for Sexual Health Week 2021, we are looking to raise awareness surrounding sexual health, as well as helping you to find sexual health services in Redditch, Bishop Auckland and across the UK.
What comes under “sexual health”?
Sexual health does not just encompass topics such as contraception and STIs. It also concerns subjects such as forming healthy sexual relationships and mental and physical wellness when it comes to our sexual organs. For example, the theme of this year’s Sexual Health Week is consent; you can find out more about the meaning of consent, and why it is essential, in the video above.
How often do I need to get tested for STIs?
This varies from person to person. For example, if you are in a monogamous long-term relationship, you will not need an STI test. However, you should still attend regular pap smears (if applicable), and it is important to get tested in the event that you experience any unusual symptoms.
What should I do if I think I have an STI?
If you think you have contracted a sexually transmitted infection, there is no need to feel embarrassed to reach out. You should get in touch with your local sexual health clinic or GP. You can find an NHS service that is local to you here:
What is contraception?
Contraception refers to methods used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. This includes methods such as:
- The contraceptive implant
- The combined pill
- The injection
- An IUD
How do I know which method is best for me?
It may seem overwhelming to filter through all of the different types of contraception to find what works for you. However, your decision can be based on factors such as:
- Smoking habits
- Your age
- Any medication you are currently on
- Your medical history
If you are unsure which method to choose, you should get in touch with your local pharmacy, your GP or your local sexual health clinic for advice.
Our sexual health services in Redditch, Bishop Auckland & beyond
If you have recently had unprotected sex, we offer the morning after pill (emergency contraception) to help prevent unwanted pregnancy if you need it. You do not need an appointment; if you are under 30, you even get it for free. We also offer Lovima desogestrel progestogen-only pills for day to day contraception. You can find out more about Lovima in our previous blog post:
When you visit us for emergency contraception, one of our friendly pharmacists will speak with you in private. This will ensure that you get the right pill for you, based on your personal medical history. It is important to note that everything you say will be completely confidential; you should never feel afraid to reach out for sexual health services in Redditch, Bishop Auckland and across the UK.
Find your local branch for emergency contraception today.
If you do not have a Knights Pharmacy branch near you, you can find your nearest emergency contraception services here: