NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… by vaginal, anal and oral sex.

People with syphilis may develop a sore in the genital area or in their mouth. They may also develop a rash over their body, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. These symptoms may disappear without the person being aware of them.

If syphilis is not treated, it will progress and can cause serious damage to the heart, arteries and the nervous system.

Dr Anne McLellan, Lead Clinician for NHS Lanarkshire’s Sexual Health Service, …

Oral Sex »

Oral sex (mouth or tongue licking the Genitals ) is low risk.  However, it is not ‘no risk’ and is also a risk factor for STI, such as Syphilis and Gonorrhoea.  So use a condm for Oral Sex to protect youself and your partner. There are flavoured Condoms available which have been specially designed for oral sex.

Cervical Cancer »

… cervical cancer. hiv infection, the development of aids and previous infection with genital warts can also increase the risk.

Preventative action

The early signs of cervical cancer can be detected with a cervical smear test, and the cancer can then be completely eliminated. The most important thing to do is to speak with your doctor about the necessity of arranging regular cervical smear testing, and ALWAYS keep your appointments. 25% of women who develop cervical …

Chlamydia »

… 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 reduce your chances of becoming infected with chlamydia.

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia (trachomatis) is a very common infection affecting both men and women. It is passed on through sexual contact and can go undetected for a very long time. Some other types of chlamydia can cause chest and eye Infections and are not …

NSU »

… 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 clear.

What is it?

NSU/NGU is a  common sexually-transmitted infection. Both men and women can get it but only males can be tested for it …

Going on Holiday? »

… is treated with antibiotics but in women can lead to infertility if left untreated.

Genital Warts – symptoms may include small growths around the genitals that can be treated but can recur.

Syphilis – early symptoms may include painless sores followed by a skin rash.  Syphilis is treated with antibiotics, but can cause more serious problems if left untreated.

HIV Infection – The major routes of infection are through blood, sexual fluids and from mother …

Black & Minority Ethnic sites »

… Vaginal health – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/3419.aspx

Genital herpes – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/3421.aspx

Gonorrhoea – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/3423.aspx

Genital warts – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/3422.aspx

The Sandyford

Glasgow’s sexual and reproductive health service which has a number of sexual health information leaflets translated into different languages. …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… 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 the vagina or those which can be passed on during sex, for example chlamydia and gonorrhoea. When bacteria gets through the cervix (the neck of the womb), Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can sometimes occur. A thick layer …

Genital Warts »

What are genital warts?

Genital warts are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma virus. The virus affects the skin of the penis, vagina and anus. It can cause warts, which are like those that grow on other parts of the body. Don’t panic if you have genital warts – they are very common.

What are the symptoms ?

Often the warts are small and very difficult to see – you may not even …

Herpes »

… people catch it when they are children, often through kissing. It is also an increasing cause of genital herpes.

Type two…

causes genital herpes but can very rarely cause oral cold sores.

Herpes in the body

Once the herpes virus gets into your body, as well as causing an initial reaction, it remains in your body permanently but not causing any harm. It may lie dormant like this for the rest of your life. Sometimes, however, it travels back to the surface of your skin and …

I have cold sores »

… of the herpes virus .

People can contract cold sores around their mouth but also on the genitals . The vast majority of people have this type of virus in their body, having picked it up during childhood (it is passed on by skin to skin contact with someone with the virus: usually by kissing). Cold sores usually begin with a tingling feeling on the lip, and then turn into a blister or sore. These usually clear themselves up after a few days, but treatments (best used early) are …

Something’s not right »

… information about several sexually-transmitted infections, as well as non sexually-transmitted Genital infections. It also gives details of Integrated Sexual Health Clinics in the services section.

What’s that smell? »

… website contains details of several sexually-transmitted infections and non sexually-transmitted Genital infections.

If you notice anything that you would consider to be out of the ordinary for your body, then you can talk to your family doctor about it or make an appointment at your local genitourinary medicine clinic. See the directory of services.

Painful Sex »

… describe this kind of pain is dyspareunia. It can be caused by quite superficial contact with the genitalia or with deeper penetration. The degree of pain experienced can range from the uncomfortable to the distressing. It can be sufficient to discourage any penetration.

There can be several reasons why pain of any level can occur in relation to sexual activity:

Lack of arousal – resulting in lack of vaginal lubrication i.e. dryness and engorgement of the genitalia. …

Unable to Orgasm (Anorgasmia) »

… hormonal imbalance resulting in a lack of arousal, or insufficient engorgement of the female genitalia in arousal to provide lubrication or increase sensitivity to stimulation. As in men, the equivalent being erection, this may be the result of other conditions such as vascular disease or the impairment of the nervous system for various reasons.

Lack of lubrication and changes to the lining of the vagina can result from the menopause. Psychological factors which prevent the …

Scabies »

… passed on by skin to skin contact. It is commonly found on the hands, wrists, elbows, armpits and genital area. Mites burrow into the skin where they lay eggs. The offspring from these mites crawl out onto the skin and make new burrows.

What are the symptoms of scabies?

The main symptom of scabies is an itch, all over the body but especially at the wrists and between your fingers, often worse at night. This may take four to six weeks to develop.

How do I know if I have scabies? …

Cystitis »

… worse, like tea, coffee, alcohol and spicy food. If cystitis comes on after sex: wash your genital area and hands before sex, and try passing urine after (to help flush out any germs). Use a water based lubricant if you vagina feels dry during sex.

Stay sexy and healthy Although cystitis is not sexually-transmitted, you should always practice safer sex. This means using condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all …

Thrush »

… directly into your vagina (pessaries) or taken by mouth) and using a soothing cream around the genital area. There are also certain natural bacteria that can help soothe the infection, and these are found in live natural yoghurt. If you would like to try this, make sure you have live natural yoghurt (sometimes called “Bio” yoghurt), dip a tampon into it and put it into the vagina.

Will it come back?

Some women have repeated bouts of thrush. It is not entirely clear why this is, …

Heart Disease »

… Sexual ability depends to a considerable extent on the flow of blood to the male and female genitals . This flow of blood stimulates an erection in the male or female gential engorgement and anything which interferes with this process can affect sexual capacity.

Some degree of sexual difficulties (described in detail elsewhere on the site) can be experienced by many people with heart disease. If you experience pain during exertion, that too might interfere with your ability to …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… without ejaculation then you may experience an ache, caused by the congestion of blood to the genital area. This disappears shortly after ejaculation.

Important note: Lumps, pain or swelling around the testicles or scrotum area are not normal and you should get them checked by your own doctor or attend a Sexual Health Clinic, where an experienced doctor can tell you what has caused the problem and treat it effectively and quickly. (see under Male Self Examination)

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 clitoris, prepuce and …

Anus and Rectum »

… following anal penetration. Otherwise, it has been used to enhance orgasm brought on from genital stimulation. Anal sex is surprisingly common among men and women, and is not confined simply to stereotypical “ gay ” sex. One recent survey revealed that anal sex is part of 15% of heterosexual couples sex lives. It is used routinely for the pleasure to be derived from the stimulation, as part of sexual experimentation, or where vaginal penetrative sex is unsatisfactory …

Physical Disability »

… sexual function is reduced, it may be possible to increase it again. A loss of sensation in the genitals does not mean that sexual pleasure is no longer possible. 

Keeping the discussion open about sexuality and acknowledging sexual needs and preferences allows disabled people to adapt to their own unique circumstances and both explore and enjoy their own sexual identity. Each disability affects each individual differently and responding to this in a sexual way will involve a high …