Gonorrhoea »

… complications yourself. Men may have pain and swelling around the testicles, women may develop pelvic inflammatory disease, and in both cases it may affect your chances of having children in the future. If you have gonorrhoea in the rectum, it could form an abscess that would need an operation to cure.

NHS Health Scotland have produced an information leaflet on Gonorrhoea which can be accessed by going to :  http://www.healthscotland.com/

Cervical Cancer »

… to ignore them incase there is something seriously wrong. In more advanced cancer there may be pelvic pain, back pain, pain while passing urine/ stools or having sex. These last symptoms can be found as the result of other non-cancerous conditions, so don’t jump to the worst conclusion, if you are experiencing these pains make an appointment to get checked over.

Contributory factors

There is evidence to suggest that the earlier penetrative sexual activity starts the greater …


… go away and you could pass it on to your partner.  In women, an untreated infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ). Sometimes there may be no symptoms from this, but you may get an unusual vaginal discharge, a temperature, tummy pain, backache and pain during sex. PID can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy (where the baby grows inside the fallopian tube). If a baby is born to a mother with chlamydia, the baby may develop eye and lung problems. In men, an …

Going on Holiday? »

… men have no symptoms.  Antibiotics are effective, but if left untreated Chlamydia can lead to pelvic infection and infertility.

Gonorrhoea (bacteria) – affects the urethra, rectum, throat or cervix.  If symptoms occur, they may include abdominal pain, sore throats and discharge.  Gonorrhoea 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 …

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 the vagina …

Painful Sex »

… Chronic pain is associated with conditions which are longer lasting, such as untreated pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ) or Endometriosis.

Pain which only tends to occur during penetrative sex, or is aggravated by this, is experienced by as many as 15% of women. The general term used to 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 …

Difficulty with Penetration (Vaginismus) »

… Vaginsimus describes the condition where a woman experiences an involuntary spasm of the pelvic floor muscles, especially affecting the entrance to the vagina. It usually occurs when some form of penetration of the vagina is attempted, and can be so strong as to almost close off the entrance, making penetration painful or even impossible.

It is a surprisingly common condition and the causes are usually psychological. It is also very responsive to treatment. One of the main …

Anus and Rectum »

… not. Some of the more common STIs are chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ) and syphilis. Non-sexually transmitted genital infections include cystitis, thrush and bacterial vaginosis.

Some infections are specific to men and some to women, many others affect both equally. They do not distinguish between the 13 year old and the 30 year old – the same risks apply in undertaking similar sexual activities across the entire age range. …