Safer Sex »

We know all the reasons why it’s a good idea to have Safer sex , but how do you do it?

There’s lots of things that you can do to get sexual pleasure with yourself or your partner. You can use your tongue or your mouth or fingers to stimulate you or your partner’s body. And not just sexual parts either. You see, the whole human body has lots of sensitive nerve endings under the skin, and …

Gonorrhoea »

… bladder to outside the body) feel pain when passing urine, and have a green or yellow discharge coming out of the end of the penis.

Women :

Most women have no symptoms with gonorrhoea in the urethra or cervix (neck of the womb); but some may notice a vaginal discharge, or discomfort when passing urine.

Men and Women

Gonorrhoea in the rectum ( anal passage) often shows no signs; but can cause constipation, pain around the anus, blood or discharge with bowel movements.

There …

Other Methods of Contraception »



This method of contraception requires you to take a pill every day for 3 weeks and then have a week free. These pills contain two hormones oestrogen and progestogen .

The main method of action of these pills is to prevent you releasing an egg. If taken correctly the combined pill has a very low failure rate. Prior to being given a …

C Card Scheme »

The ‘Free Condoms No Fuss’, C Card Scheme provides condoms and lubricant to anyone living, working or studying in Lanarkshire.

Condoms can help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and can also help protect against unintended pregnancy .

Here are some frequently asked questions on what the scheme is about and how to use it.

Where do I get my …

Chlamydia »

Where does Chlamydia come from?

It can be easily passed on through Vaginal , Anal and, perhaps, Oral sex . There is no evidence to show that it can be passed on from toilet seats, sharing towels or cups. An infected mother can pass it on to her baby’s eyes and lungs at birth. It can also be spread from Genitals to eyes with your fingers. Using a condom will greatly …


What do the different names mean?

NSU stands for non-specific urethritis. It is also called non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) and non-specific genital infection (NSGI). All the different names mean the same thing. In about half of the cases of NSU/NGU, the infection is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia . If you are confused already – don’t worry, read on and everything will become …

Unplanned Pregnancy »

Pregnant and unsure what to do?

Having an unintended pregnancy can be a frightening time, but there is support available. It is important to ensure you have an accurate pregnancy test- you can get this done through your GP, Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics (formerly Family Planning Clinics) , Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly GUM Clinics) or some chemists.

Your …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

What is pelvic inflammatory disease ?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (Pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID )) is usually the result of infection which moves up into the womb and tubes, from lower down in the female sex organs ( genital tract).

What causes Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may occur either from bacteria which are already present in …

Syphilis »

**CASES OF SYPHILIS IN LANARKSHIRE ARE RISING** for more information, please see;

What is it?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women, and it is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum .

What happens if I have Syphilis?

Syphilis affects the body in stages, but often you …

Something’s not right »

If we feel something might be wrong, it is a common reaction to try to ignore it and hope that it goes away by itself.

Many of us do not react very well to the possibility of having an infection, and sometimes it can be embarrassing to admit to anyone that everything is not fine.

At times like this it can be reassuring to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about, and who you …

Who can I talk to? »

Talking about our health can sometimes be difficult. It can be embarrassing to talk about things that we consider to be private to us. Sexual health is often one of these “difficult to talk about” subjects.

Some people confide in their partner, close friend, or a member of their family. Not everyone feels comfortable being open about their concerns when it’s connected to sex  or their …

Premature Ejaculation »

This is the experience of "coming" too soon. What “too soon” means depends upon your own feelings. You might come as soon as you think about sexual activity, have sexual contact with another person, before penetration is gained, just after entry, or before you and your partner have had the chance to enjoy the activity. Any of these may be felt by yourself to be “too soon”. …

Thrush »

What is it?

Thrush is a yeast infection that normally affects women and appears in the vagina . There are other kinds of thrush that can affect the throat, but these are less common.

Are there any other names for it?

Thrush is also called candidiasis.

Is it common?

Yes, lots of women have thrush at some time in their life.

What causes it?

It is caused by a yeast called …

Treatment »

What will happen after my diagnosis?

After your diagnosis, your doctor should offer you a series of tests to check your health. These may not happen all in one go, but will be done over the next few appointments.

What is the treatment for hepatitis C ?

Treatment currently available for hepatitis C works by helping the body to clear the virus . A combination of weekly injections …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

If you have had unprotected sex , or you think that the condom burst, you should consider a check-up for Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STIs ) and getting emergency contraception .

Emergency contraception can help prevent a woman from becoming pregnant . It comes in two forms, the emergency contraception pill (also known as the morning after pill) and the IUD (also known as the …

Young Men »

Is it really true that only young women are interested in relationships and that young men aren’t interested in taking care of themselves and their partners?  NO!  It’s not true that boys are only interested in sex and don’t have strong feelings. 

Is it really true that all young men want to have sex all the time too? NO! The truth is some boys feel a lot of pressure from their …

Young Women »

Is it really true that only young women should take responsibility for sex and relationships and all the feelings and practical stuff that goes with that?

Well sometimes it might feel that way if young men aren’t prepared to take responsibility too.  But you don’t have to do it all by yourself.  The truth is we all need a bit of advice and support with sex and relationships stuff.  …

Sex and Ageing »

It is a well known saying that the young think they invented sex .

The trouble is, they also think they have a monopoly on all of the action too. They find it almost inconceivable, and even distasteful, that anyone over the age of 30 still has an active sex life, let alone one that may be better than theirs! Unfortunately, the television and glossy magazines encourage this opinion by only …

Being Gay or Lesbian »

… about it.

When someone who is gay tells another person their sexuality it is known as “ coming out ”. Many people don’t come out because they are scared that they will be rejected by friends and family or even lose their job. Sadly for some people this can actually be true. For others, this fear is so intense that they pretend to lead heterosexual lives well into adulthood and might even get married and have children to cover up that they are gay.

Gay people can grow up with …

Being Aware of Your Sexuality »

… and be sure that it will be kept confidential.

For more information on coming out see link below:

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.  The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: …

Female Genital Mutilation »

What is Female Genital Mutilation ?

Female genital mutilation (known as FGM for short) is a general term to describe a range of intentional damage done to healthy female genitalia , and can include circumcision , excision and infibulation .  In females, circumcision may involve removing the head of the clitoris or more extensive damage.

Excision can involve removal of the …

Anus and Rectum »

The anus leads to the sphincter (bum-hole) – the tight circle of muscle that contracts and loosens to allow the passage of faeces (poo) out of the body. The rectum is that part of the alimentary tract that leads to the anus. Both the anus and rectum can become involved in  penetrative  sexual activity.

For many people the anus and surrounding area are very sensitive and are sexually …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

Many people are put in the position of experiencing unwanted sexual contact or are forced in some way into sexual acts.

It is never the fault of the person who is being abused.

If consent is not given, then anyone subjecting another person to any form of indecent behaviour is committing a crime.

It is a criminal offence to touch or threaten a person in an indecent way (including …

Learning About Sex »

The development of sexuality and emergence of our sexual selves is something that happens to everybody. Some people wrongly regard disabled people as not developing sexually in the same way as non-disabled people.

It is true that Puberty may begin a little later, or that some disabilities can affect sexual performance, but disability does not prevent sexual maturity, or remove sexual …