Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy »

Early Signs and Symptoms

A woman who 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 …

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

NHS Lanarkshire is responding to a rise in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed by its Sexual Health Service.

Health staff are urging people who think they may be at risk to get tested for syphilis.

NHS Lanarkshire is working jointly with Health Protection Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverley Care and North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships to address the …

Safer Sex »

We know all the reasons why it’s a good idea to have Safer sex , but how do you do it?

There’s lots of things that you can do to get sexual pleasure with yourself or your partner. You can use your tongue or your mouth or fingers to stimulate you or your partner’s body. And not just sexual parts either. You see, the whole human body has lots of sensitive nerve endings under the skin, and …

Gonorrhoea »

What is Gonorrhoea ?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually-transmitted infection that affects both men and women. It is also an infection that is becoming increasingly common. It is caused by a bacteria (neisseria gonorrhoea) and can create problems in the penis , vagina and anus. It can also be caught and passed on by the throat from unprotected oral sex with an infected partner.

How do I know …

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 …

C Card Scheme »

The ‘Free Condoms No Fuss’, C Card Scheme provides condoms and lubricant to anyone living, working or studying in Lanarkshire.

Condoms can help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and can also help protect against unintended pregnancy .

Here are some frequently asked questions on what the scheme is about and how to use it.

Where do I get my …

Chlamydia »

Where does Chlamydia come from?

It can be easily passed on through Vaginal , Anal and, perhaps, Oral sex . There is no evidence to show that it can be passed on from toilet seats, sharing towels or cups. An infected mother can pass it on to her baby’s eyes and lungs at birth. It can also be spread from Genitals to eyes with your fingers. Using a condom will greatly …


What do the different names mean?

NSU stands for non-specific urethritis. It is also called non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) and non-specific genital infection (NSGI). All the different names mean the same thing. In about half of the cases of NSU/NGU, the infection is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia . If you are confused already – don’t worry, read on and everything will become …

Black & Minority Ethnic sites »

NHS Health Scotland

A range of sexual health information leaflets which are translated into a number of different languages, including Bengali, Chinese, French, Hindu, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Romanian are available through the following links.

Chlamydia – http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/5768.aspx

Vaginal health – …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… 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 to become …

Syphilis »

**CASES OF SYPHILIS IN LANARKSHIRE ARE RISING** for more information, please see;  https://www.lanarkshirehivandhepatitis.org/syphilis/

What is it?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women, and it is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum .

What happens if I have Syphilis?

Syphilis affects the body in stages, but often you …

Genital Warts »

What are genital warts?

Genital warts are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma virus. The virus affects the skin of the penis , vagina and anus. It can cause warts, which are like those that grow on other parts of the body. Don’t panic if you have genital warts – they are very common.

What are the symptoms ?

Often the warts are small and very difficult to see – you …

What’s that smell? »

Each human body has its own particular smell, and we are quite familiar with our own individual smells. Distinctive smells of sweat or faeces (poo) are well known to all of us. As the body goes through its sexual development, it also produces chemicals that have particular effects on the smell of the body.

These chemicals are contained in the natural substances the body releases, like sweat, …

Painful Sex »

What are the causes of painful sex ? Pain that has a sudden onset is called acute and can be experienced for many reasons. In women, specifically in relation to the reproductive system, these can include spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), ectopic pregnancy , ovarian cysts or ovarian torsion .

You should go directly to your local Accident & Emergency department if you have …

Difficulty with Penetration (Vaginismus) »

What is Vaginsimus?

Vaginsimus describes the condition where a woman experiences an involuntary spasm of the pelvic floor 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 …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

What is it?

The normal, healthy vagina contains some “friendly” bacteria. In bacterial vaginosis, these “friendly” bacteria are replaced by different bacteria called ‘anaerobic bacteria’.


Are there any other names for it?

Bacterial vaginosis is also called anaerobic vaginosis, or just BV.

Is it common?

Yes, many women have bacterial vaginosis at some time in …

Cystitis »

What is it? Cystitis is quite common among women, and it means an inflammation of the bladder and the urethra (tube that takes urine from the bladder). It is unusual for men or children to have cystitis, and they should see a doctor if they do. What causes it? It is often caused by germs from the anus getting round to the vagina and up the urethra. This can happen during sex , …

Thrush »

What is it?

Thrush is a yeast infection that normally affects women and appears in the vagina . There are other kinds of thrush that can affect the throat, but these are less common.

Are there any other names for it?

Thrush is also called candidiasis.

Is it common?

Yes, lots of women have thrush at some time in their life.

What causes it?

It is caused by a yeast called …

Prevention »

Prevention is better than cure. If you do not have one of the viruses that cause hepatitis then there are ways you can minimise the risk of contracting one. If you do have one of them then you may want to reduce the risk to those around you. Some of this section may apply to you. Please use it as a reference.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

In the UK, all pregnant women are tested for …

Sex and Ageing »

It is a well known saying that the young think they invented sex .

The trouble is, they also think they have a monopoly on all of the action too. They find it almost inconceivable, and even distasteful, that anyone over the age of 30 still has an active sex life, let alone one that may be better than theirs! Unfortunately, the television and glossy magazines encourage this opinion by only …

Anus and Rectum »

… penetrative sex is unsatisfactory to either partner. It has even been used as an alternative to vaginal sex to prevent conception.

The anus may be stimulated or penetrated by fingers, penis, tongue, sex toy or other means. However, since the anus was not constructed for penetration, but for excretion, this has to be helped by lubrication or damage to the wall or lining may occur. If you are being penetrated, it helps to relax the sphincter, to prevent pain or damage occurring through …

Vaginal / Vulval Cancer »

Both vaginal and vulval cancer are rare conditions. Any of the symptoms below are far more likely to be caused by something else. Never be afraid to discuss these with your doctor.

Vulval Cancer

Vulval cancer tends to occur in older women but is increasing in younger women. It most commonly causes a chronic itch, but various growths or ulcers of various colours that persist might …

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 …