Gonorrhoea »

… at risk of STIs. Always use a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex ; or enjoy sex without penetration – like kissing, hugging, massaging, and masturbating.

How is gonorrhoea treated?

Gonorrhoea is easily treated with antibiotics, either in tablet form, or sometimes by injection. It is very important that you:

come back and see the doctor or health adviser for a follow-up visit to check the infection is completely gone

remember that your partner will also need to be …

Painful Sex »

… 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.

Skin conditions - including …

Difficulty with Penetration (Vaginismus) »

… 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 causes is fear or anticipation of pain. When painful penetration has been experienced e.g. as the result of an …

Can’t Get / Keep an Erection »

… very easily and this congestion, or engorgement, is what makes the penis hard enough to allow penetration. If any part of this process is interrupted then the inability to attain or maintain an erection can result.

Interference can develop from any of two main groups of causes – physical and psychological – but because these can interact with each other erectile dysfunction which originated from physical causes may be maintained by a combination of both.

Physical (organic) …

Premature Ejaculation »

… 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”. You should take into account your partners’ views too – what might be premature for you might not be for your partners.

What causes premature ejaculation? There are many causes including:

Lack of sexual …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

… pleasure in ways that don’t put you or your partner at risk of STIs.

Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, stroking, massaging, masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours.

Sex toys are safe as long as you don’t share them. If you do share them, you …

Cystitis »

… really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours. Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, massaging, masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

Further information

Many women get cystitis: around 1 in 3 women will experience cystitis at some point in their lives.  This leaflet looks at treating it yourself and when to see a doctor – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/4219.aspx

Condoms! »

… having.

But there is a lot more to safer sex than using condoms, and a lot more to sex than penetration !

Contraception is the name for methods that people use so that when they have sex they will not become pregnant eg the pill, the jag, the rod (implant).

Most forms of contraception only prevent pregnancy and do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Most forms of contraception have to be used by women rather than men. This doesn’t mean that guys have no …

Sex and Ageing »

… is possible – the refractory period – is likely to be longer.

In women, dryness may make penetration or stimulation of the vagina more difficult, more irritating or even painful. This can be easily resolved by the use of a lubricant. Following the menopause, with vaginal shrinkage, women may even find sex more intense or pleasurable. The lack of anxiety about becoming pregnant may even contribute towards sexual enjoyment.

A few other things can be taken into …

Anus and Rectum »

… of the anatomy is quite common and it is even possible to experience orgasm 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 …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

… include anal and oral rape of women and men, as well as vaginal rape.  Rape is defined as penetration of someone’s vagina, anus or mouth (to however small an extent) by a penis without consent or reasonable belief in consent.  The Act defines consent as free agreement and makes it clear than consent can be withdrawn at any time.  The Act also sets out an offence of sexual assault by penetration, which covers for example, penetration by objects, and which is equilivant in …