Menopause »

All women go through the Menopause . This is the time when Menstruation comes to an end, when fertility ends, the ovaries cease functioning and there are no more eggs or Oestrogen produced.

Some women pass through this natural process without any undue difficulties.

Others can experience a long and painful struggle which leaves them exhausted and depressed. The menopause …

Stroke »

The prospect of having a Stroke is quite frightening for many older people but, as with many other serious Illnesses , you must bear in mind that it is not inevitable.

Stroke mostly affects people over the age of 65, with women in this age group more prone to the event than men. There are two main types of Stroke. Ischaemic stroke occurs when a blockage occurs in the blood supply …

Going on Holiday? »

When on holiday it is important to remember to protect yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STI ) and HIV .  Before you head off on holiday if you need a supply of your regular contraception to take with you then contact your local sexual health clinic on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  If you are looking for condoms then please use our …

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 …

Dysfunction Treatments »

How can erectile dysfunction be treated?

There is a wide range of effective treatments now available, each with advantages and disadvantages that have to be considered by the individual with medical advice. They include:

Change of drug usage

Where a prescription medication has been identified as a possible cause, then a change to an alternative might be an option to try. This must be …

What is Hepatitis C? »

 A brief history of viral hepatitis

Several different viruses can cause hepatitis. The most common are hepatitis A , B and C. These viruses pass from person to person through different means, cause damage to the liver in different ways and have different effects on your health.

All of these viruses can cause an acute (short-term) disease, with symptoms lasting several weeks – …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

If you have had unprotected sex , or you think that the condom burst, you should consider a check-up for Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STIs ) and getting emergency contraception .

Emergency contraception can help prevent a woman from becoming pregnant . It comes in two forms, the emergency contraception pill (also known as the morning after pill) and the IUD (also known as the …

Rape and Sexual Assault »

Many people are put in the position of experiencing unwanted sexual contact or are forced in some way into sexual acts.

It is never the fault of the person who is being abused.

If consent is not given, then anyone subjecting another person to any form of indecent behaviour is committing a crime.

It is a criminal offence to touch or threaten a person in an indecent way (including …