Menopause »

… Vaginal dryness may be accompanied by irritation and itching. Pain may be experienced during Intercourse as a result of these changes – known as dyspareunia.

Vaginal changes and changes to Urethral tissue can result in increased frequency of Urinary tract Infections , painful or frequent Urination (dysuria) and some degree of urinary Incontinence .

General aches, fatigue, forgetfulness, Depression , Insomnia, irritability and Anxiety are symptoms which …

Stroke »

… familiar and more confident in other sexual practices.

It is possible to have Vaginal Intercourse even when catheterised. It requires some manipulation of the Catheter and the use of lubrication and a condom to lessen tugging on the tube.

You may have to adjust from previous, familiar, sexual positions to take into account any degree of physical impairment. Consider using pillows for support or even handles attached to wall/bed frame for additional support or help with …

Going on Holiday? »

… of infection are through blood, sexual fluids and from mother to child.  Globally, sexual intercourse accounts for about three-quarters of all new HIV infections.  Transmission between men and women is now the most common route of HIV infection.  Condoms are the best protection against HIV – get them before you travel.  Think of the risks – there are very few countries in the world that are free from HIV infection.  You cannot tell whether someone is infected by looking at …

Emergency Contraception »

Emergency contraception is available for people who have had unprotected intercourse (for example, not used any contraception or if your condom burst).

Emergency contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy. If you are accessing emergency contraception provided it is less than 72 hours since the unprotected intercourse, you could have a “morning after pill”   (Levonelle 1500).

This delays you releasing an egg and it may help prevent pregnancy. If …

Dysfunction Treatments »

… and therapy for the individual and any partner(s) may be provided. Being able to have sexual intercourse does not necessarily solve the underlying problems which led to the difficulty in the first place. Therefore often counselling is helpful to discuss these difficulties otherwise  the problem might develop again.


Certain drugs, when injected into the shaft of the penis, allow blood to enter and within about 10 minutes cause an erection which can last for an …

What is Hepatitis C? »

… occurs. It is difficult – but not impossible – to transmit hepatitis C by unprotected sexual intercourse .

 For further information on Hepatitis C you can access the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) website to see the full guideline, a quick reference guide and the Patient Information Leaflet.  Go to :

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

… (3 days) later.   There is a new pill which can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sexual intercourse .  This is only available from your GP or Sexual Health and Reproductive Service.

To make an appointment at your local Sexual Health and Reproductive Service call 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m).

It is extremely unlikely that pregnancy will occur after having an IUD fitted. An IUD can be fitted up to 120 hours (5 days) later.

How does …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

… they have agreed to sex before, are not an excuse. There is no free invitation to have sexual intercourse with someone. If someone does not freely consent and is forced to have sex then it’s rape.

Whatever form it takes, unwanted sexual contact can be a painful experience both physically and emotionally. Rape without physical injury is just as emotionally damaging. This emotional pain can often get worse if the person keeps it to themselves. If you have been sexually assaulted or …