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What is Sexual Health?

 

As defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), sexual health is defined as a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence (WHO, 2017). Sexual health is a major part of life. Having a good sexual health means that you are not careful and respectful to yourself but others too.

At our branch, The Women’s Health Clinic, we believe all women deserve a health and fulfilling sex life. Beginning comfortable conversations and asking questions regarding sexual health is a big step – a step we encourage women from all ages to take. Its important to take care of your sexual health and be provided with plenty of information. This is why we are offering a full range of sexual health screening and contraceptive advice including long action reversible contraceptives like coil and implant fitting.

 

 

 

What are the common sexually transmitted infections we can screen for?

 

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK.

It is caused by a tiny organism called Chlamydia trachomatis, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. While it is very common the majority of women do not present with any symptoms allowing the infection to go unnoticed. More than 2/3’s of women and 1/2 of men have no symptoms, which is why this infection is so easily transmitted and remains undiagnosed. Symptoms in women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour.
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Abnormal bleeding in-between your periods or after sex.

Gonorrhoea is the second most common STI in the UK, after chlamydia. It is caused by a tiny organism, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. Five in ten women and one in ten men infected will have symptoms which for women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Bleeding between your periods, after sex or heavier periods which are abnormal for you.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a virus that attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight other infections.The virus is found in blood, semen and vaginal fluid of those infected. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS but will live a normal healthy life with regular monitoring, which is why its so important to catch the virus as early as possible to prevent it developing into AIDS.

A test for HIV does not affect your insurance policy and early diagnosis is important to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Syphilis is less common than some STIs, but numbers are rising. It is usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected (including oral sex) and can have long term health implications. Syphillis occurs in three distinct stages. Getting tested early is vital because if you reach stage three, any damage that’s already been done will be permanent. Treatment depends on the stage of infection but is generally a single antibiotic injection or course of antibiotic injections.

Our Unique Approach

At The Women’s Health Clinic, we strive for women of all ages to enjoy a healthy and active sex life. STIs are making a comback in over the 45s age group. Despite the fact that coming out a long term relationship and starting a new one should be full of excitement, ladies tend to not think about the sexual health or pregnancy risks for many years. Postnatal menopausal women are not at risk of pregnancy as much and therefore do not use condoms – forgetting that condoms also protect them against STIs.

Here at The Women’s Health Clinic, you will be assigned an expert in sexual health. Your named nurse will be an expert in the field of sexual health with years of knowledge and experience and hold specialist qualifications within this field. She will be able to discuss any potential risks you may or will be exposed to. This will be followed by examination and swabs to identify any infections you may have caught. We have a rapid turn around for the results and your named nurse will ring you herself and explain your results. If you have contracted any infection, she will prescribe the most suitable treatment for you.

 


During the examination, your nurse may find that you have a simple infection that is not sexually transmitted e.g. a thrust or baterial vaginosis. If so, she can offer you immediate treatments without waiting for any swab results.

We are able to offer you an appointment time at a clinic location that is suitable for you without the long waiting times you may experience at an NHS clinic and everything is completely confidential – we will not inform your GP unless you specifically ask us to.

Treatment process

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Free Telephone Consultation

We provide a no obligation free telephone consultation. Following this you will be asked to complete various questioners depending on the treatment you have chosen.

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Consultation

If you want to go ahead with the treatment following your free telephone consultation, you will have a face to face consultation with your practitioner.

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Treatment

You will receive the treatment following by your written consent to accept the treatment. You will be asked to pay for the treatment before the treatment is carried out.

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Follow-up

You will be asked to complete post treatment questioners in
order that we are able to provide you with best possible
aftercare

Prices

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Basic STI test: £250

Swab for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea | 30 min appointment.
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Advanced STI Test: £350

Swab & Blood sample: Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea/HIV/Syphilis | 30 min appointment.
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Special offer: £100

Basic STI test for those women undergoing Nu-V

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