Safer Sexual Health

Here are a few hints and tips to help you enjoy safer sexual health.

Stay sexy, stay healthy

If you are sexually active, it’s important to look after your sexual health.  Why not book a sexual health check up at your local Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  You’ll get advice on looking after your sexual health and you can access free condoms if you want them.  Free condoms are also available from Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics
(formerly Family Planning) Clinics and Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary GUM).

A few do’s when using condoms

  • Do check out the handy guide in the condom packs before you use a condom to help you get it right.  Condoms come in all shapes and sizes – use the one that’s right for you.
  • Do use a condom that fits you well.
  • Do use a condom only once.
  • Do use a water based lubricant with a condom.  It may make sex more comfortable and enjoyable, and can help to make sure a condom doesn’t break.  Using cream, jelly or oil (unless water-based) may make the condom come apart.
  • Do always use a water based lubricant with a condom for anal sex.  If used correctly, ‘regular thickness’ condoms and lubricant are just as safe for anal sex.
  • Do check your condom is on okay and change it if you have been using it for 45 minutes.  Do apply more lubricant when you change your condom.
  • Do use flavoured condoms only for oral sex.
  • Do use only one condom at a time.  Using two condoms at once won’t give you extra protection; the condoms are more likely to slip off or break.
  • Do remove your condom once used, wrap it in a tissue and put it into a bin.  It’s not a good idea to flush it down the toilet.

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without using contraception or if your usual contraceptive method has let you down e.g. condom has burst or come off, there are 2 methods of emergency contraception available.

Emergency Pill (Levonelle 1500)

One tablet works up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.  It is more effective the sooner it is taken.  The emergency pill is available free from your doctor, Out of Hours service and Sexual and Reproductive Health clinics.  It is also available free from most pharmacies throughout Lanarkshire.  Just ask to speak to the pharmacist.  For a list of participating pharmacies across Lanarkshire go to the Emergency Contraception part of this site.

The Emergency Intra Uterine Device (IUD) also know as the coil

It works up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.  It is available at the Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Clinics and sometimes your doctor.  But don’t delay, make your appointment as soon as possible.

Where can I get Emergency Contraception?

You can get it free from:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.)
  • Your Doctor
  • Pharmacies (Emergency pill only)

Lanarkshire Services

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Genitourinary Clinics – for details call 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.)

Lanarkshire HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis Centre (LHAHC), Monklands Hospital -call 01236 712247 (24 hour service – calls answered or taken by answerphone)

Useful Helplines

  • National Sexual Health Line :  0800 567 123
  • LGBT Helpline Scotland : 0300 123 2523 (Line open Tuesday and Wednesday 12 noon to 9 pm) or go to www.lgbthealth.org.uk
  • Terrence Higgins Trust : 0808 802 1221 (Line open Monday to Friday till 10.00 am – 8.00 pm)

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