Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy »

… has a regular monthly menstrual cycle will probably suspect she is pregnant if she misses a period. Other common signs may include:

Sickness/feeling nausea which can happen any time of the day

Breast tenderness/enlargement

Needing to go to the toilet more frequently to pee (urinate)

Increased vaginal discharge without any soreness or irritation

Feeling unusually tired

A strange taste in your mouth which some describe as metallic

When should I test?

You can carry …

Safer Sex »

… 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 can still use the services listed here in confidence and you don’t need an …

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods (LARC) »

… system can be left in place for 5 years and many women find it very good as they have few periods or very light periods. The failure rate is extremely low. There are very few people who are not suitable for this method of contraception.

Intrauterine Device (coil)

An intrauterine device is commonly known as a coil. All coils now being inserted contain copper and they act by altering the lining of the womb and by being toxic to sperm. There may also be an effect on the …

Menopause »

… tension may be quite severe or there may be none at all.

Onset and duration of the Period can change on each occasion. Periods may be early or late, may last fewer days than before or more.

An inconsistent period may occur – alternating between heavy Discharge on one occasion and light on another.

Hot flushes may be experienced lasting from seconds to minutes. They may be felt as a minor annoyance or may be severe enough to interfere with normal activity.

With the …

Chlamydia »

… a vaginal discharge

pain or discomfort when passing urine or during Sex

bleeding between periods or after sex

The symptoms may appear after having sex with a new partner. But remember, if you have no symptoms chlamydia can go undetected for a long time.

Where can I get the test?

Your own GP should be able to discuss a chlamydia test with you, and if you choose to be tested, your GP can arrange this. Another option is to contact your local sexual health service. They will …

Emergency Contraception »

… is a very effective method of preventing pregnancy. The coil should remain in until your next period.  At this point, it can either be taken out, or if you are happy it could be left in as a long term method of contraception. If you haven’t had a period within 3 weeks of having a coil fitted or the morning after pill, it is worth doing a pregnancy test. Ideally, we would like to see you in the sexual health service to discuss ongoing contraception. If you are pregnant and have used …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… they go unnoticed. If symptoms are present, they may include abdominal 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)? …

Syphilis »

… out by the team at the sexual health clinic. These appointments are usually over a 12 month period.

What if Syphilis is left untreated?

The symptoms may go away by themselves, but syphilis will not go away without treatment. If left untreated, you may develop serious complications in the future and you could pass it onto partners.

Where can I get tested?

It is important if you are sexually active to have regular sexual health checks for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and …

Painful Sex »

… department if you have abdominal pain which is:


does not go away within a short time period

is accompained with fever and/or confusion or any other significant changes in your health/behaviour

occurring during pregnancy.

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 …

Sustained Erection »

… its rigidity and returns to a flaccid (soft) state. When an erection lasts for a prolonged period of time – 3 to 4 hours – this condition is known as priapism and can become very painful. It results from the inability of the additional blood required for acquiring an erection to leave the penis when no longer needed.

What causes it?

There can be a number of reasons why priapism occurs. It might happen if treatment for erectile dysfunction has been too successful. Much less …

Prevention »

… Hepatitis C through sex is thought to be very low but increases when a woman is on her period.


There are 3 main services that provide testing for Hepatitis and other blood borne viruses in Lanarkshire (including Hepatitis B and HIV):

NHS Lanarkshire Harm Reduction Team

Provide information and testing on all blood borne viruses and provide access to and disposal of sterile injecting equipment.  For further information contact:

The Harm Reduction Team on …

Sex and Ageing »

… as before. Orgasm may be less frequent and less intense. Ejaculation may be less forceful. The period of time before another erection 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 …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… a serious condition and your testicles don’t turn blue! If the penis is stimulated for long periods of time 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 …

Female Self-Examination »

… times throughout your monthly cycle – many women have lumpy, tender breasts just before their period, and soft breasts immediately afterwards.

It is unusual to find breast cancer in young women, but it becomes more common from around the age of 35 onwards. The vast majority of cases are found in women aged 50 or over. It is important, however to develop breast awareness soon after they have completed their development – early to mid 20s is a good time.  You should check your …