Safer Sex »

… both be over 16. Other than that, your imagination is the limit!

If you have had unprotected Penetrative sex or your method of Contraception has failed or you have missed a Period, you may be worried that you are Pregnant. It is really important for you to take action immediately to find out what the situation is.

The sooner you know for sure, the more you will be able to take control of the situation and make the right choices for you. Don’t worry if you are under 16, you …

Stroke »

… changes so that they can take them into account in their own behaviour.

If you are used to Penetrative sex , you may wish to move to this slowly, when you have again become 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 …

Cervical Cancer »

… to get checked over.

Contributory factors

There is evidence to suggest that the earlier penetrative sexual activity starts the greater the risk of developing cervical cancer. The more sexual partners, the greater the risk. Smoking doubles the risk of developing 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 …

Chlamydia »

… safer sex. This means always using a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex, or trying non- penetrative sex like massage or mutual masturbation instead.

You can also now access Chlamydia testing at a number of chemists across Lanarkshire.  To see which chemists are participating go to the Emergency Contraception Section.

NHS Health Scotland have produced an information leaflet on Chlamydia which can be accessed by going to :  …

Going on Holiday? »

… about protection before it is too late

Taking condoms is not enough – if you have penetrative sex USE condoms

Keep an eye on your drinking.  Taking too much alcohol will make you more likely to have unprotected sex.

Not everyone will have casual sex while away, but many people behave differently when away from home – whether they intend to or not.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections are prevalent in almost every …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… pain, bleeding between periods, unusual vaginal discharge and discomfort when you are having penetrative vaginal sex.

Your partner may or may not have symptoms of a genital infection. In either case, examination and treatment for both of you is recommended to reduce the risk of Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) coming back.

Is there a risk of fertility problems after Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can sometimes cause the fallopian tubes …

Painful Sex »

… 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 the uncomfortable to the distressing. It can be sufficient to discourage any penetration.

There …

Unable to Orgasm (Anorgasmia) »

… sexual stimulation. However, it has been estimated that only 25% of women experience orgasm with penetrative sex alone, with many others requiring additional clitoral stimulation. As many as 12% never attain orgasm, this being known as anorgasmia.

This does not stop sex from being enjoyable or pleasurable, and lack of orgasm is only a problem if the woman feels it to be so.

Physical causes of anorgasmia can include hormonal imbalance resulting in a lack of arousal, or …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

… infections.

How to stay sexy and healthy

Using condoms or having non penetrative sex is the best way to have safer sex. This means giving and getting 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 …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

… I really don’t want to use condoms.


That’s fine, we don’t have to have penetrative sex then, there’s lots of other stuff we can do.


Oh, do you think I’ve been sleeping about then? Don’t you trust me? You want to use condoms?


It’s nothing to do with that, It’s just that there are some STIs that have no symptoms so you or I might have one and not even know, so I just want to protect you and me.

What to do if you’ve had …

Condoms! »

… than gay people are getting HIV, and a lot of those are younger people. If you are having penetrative sex, the only way to be sure of avoiding all these is to use a condom or a femidom, preferably with a water based lubricant to make sure it doesn’t burst. Most condoms fail because people aren’t using them properly or they are using the wrong kind of condom for the kind of sex they are having.

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

Am I Ready For Sex? »

… people you have to be able to take responsibility for your actions and for your feelings. 

Penetrative sex between men and women can result in pregnancy and you should be asking yourself if that is something you want or are ready for. Also, for all people having sex there is a risk of picking up a sexually transmitted infection or even HIV.

There is also an emotional side to having sex, because you don’t just have sex with someone’s body, you also have sex with their …

Female Genital Mutilation »

… discharge. It scars over and is left closed until marriage, at which time it is cut open to allow penetrative sex. This can take months to achieve and can be painful to the woman and man due to scar tissue which has formed.

Mutilation is a culturally acceptable and very common practise in some parts of the world, with rates of 98% in Djibouti, Guinea and Somalia. Rates of up to 90% are found in Eritrea, Mali, Sierra Leone and Sudan, and 84% in Egypt. The reasons most commonly given for …

Anus and Rectum »

… 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 arousing. For this reason sexual activity centring on this part 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 …

Physical Disability »

… Some people use sex-toys (vibrators etc.), additional lubricants or concentrate more on non penetrative activities. There are many erogenous and sensitive areas of the body, other than the genitals, and an enjoyable sexual relationship can discover these as well.


An essential part of fulfilling sexuality is communication. Openness between sexual partners can create the right environment to develop particular ways of giving and receiving sexual pleasure. Telling …