Boys Puberty Videos »

… disciplinary learning (IDL) perspective at a range of issues such as wet dreams, journey of the sperm, masturbation and the use of correct terms for parts of the male body.

Shaving – shows in practical terms how a young man may shave and some things he may want to consider.

Washbag – provides details of an active lesson that can be used to look at how boys can prepare for puberty by considering such issues as hygiene and shaving.

Resources – incorporates …

Inflammation »

… Meatitis is inflammation of the tip of the urethra.  This happens if there is irritation from spermicide, other substances or during sex.  This may clear or may be an STI, which requires test and treatment.

Other Methods of Contraception »

… by altering the cervical mucus (the mucus at the neck of the womb) making it more resistant to sperm. There is also an effect on ovulation (releasing an egg) in some cycles. There is a new progesterone only pill called Cerazette, which unlike other progesterone only pills does prevent release of an egg. This pill must be taken at the same time every day, however, it can be taken up to 12 hours late and still provide contraceptive cover. With all progesterone pills there is no pill free …

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods (LARC) »

… This prevents pregnancy by altering the lining of the womb and mucus to make it resistant to sperm. In some women ovulation (releasing of an egg) is prevented. This intrauterine 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 …

Emergency Contraception »

… a coil (copper IUD). This coil can be fitted as an emergency.  The copper will be toxic to the sperm and this 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 …

Painful Sex »

… and deep inside.

  Allergic reactions – to the material of some condoms, spermicide or contraceptive creams, and devices used for contraception or sex play.

If sex becomes associated with pain of any degree, then it may recur in anticipation of any sexual activity even when the original cause has been dealt with. Any pain should be discussed with your doctor who will take the action necessary to try to deal with it. This can involve both physical treatments …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

… pill prescription.

How does the IUD work?

The doctor fits an IUD in your womb. It may stop sperm meeting an egg (fertilisation) or it may stop a fertisilised egg settling in your womb (implanting).

Can I use emergency contraception regularly?

Emergency contraception is not as effective as conventional methods of contraception (eg condoms). It is not recommended for regular use.

If you’d like to talk over your contraception options, you can come and talk it over and be given …

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… be due to infection or an injury. It can also happen in older men for reasons we don’t know.


This is a small lump or cyst, which contains sperm. They usually happen above or behind the testicle and don’t need any treatment unless it becomes painful.


A varicocele is where the veins above or behind the testicle, which take the blood away from the area, become bigger. This can cause an aching pain in the scrotum, which may get better when you lie down, …

Male Self-Examination »

… a soft tube. This is the epididymis and it’s supposed to be there; it’s the tube that carries sperm from your balls to your penis.

Things to look out for are: any change in size or weight lumps or swellings, particularly on the surface of the balls a dull ache in the scrotum, groin or lower back.

If you do feel anything, see a doctor quickly. You can go to your GP or to a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ). It may well not be cancer; lumps and …