What does sexual health mean?

Our sexual health is a vital part of our overall health and wellbeing, and it shouldn’t be overlooked. So, where can you look for help and advice when you have questions or concerns?

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When we see the term ‘sexual health’ we tend to think about STIs, and while information about these is crucial, sexual health actually encompasses a broader range of topics. The field of sexual health includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contraception types
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy prevention
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Fertility
  • Infertility
  • Menstruation
  • Sexual problems

Many people have questions and concerns about these topics and it’s not always easy for them to speak to a doctor, whether it’s embarrassment or a lack of access. For STIs, consider Bexley Chlamydia Testing kits that are sent to your home, available at Bexley Sexual Health.

There is a wealth of advice online, if you are looking in the best places. The internet is a good place to begin gathering information, but it shouldn’t replace seeing a medical professional if you do get a positive result from a home test or you are worried about symptoms.

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The best sites to get information from are those considered more reliable, such as sites and blogs belonging to clinics, the NHS website, sexual health charities and specialists in gynaecology.

It is always advisable to see a doctor if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, know or suspect that may be pregnant, are having problems with the contraception that you use or feel unusually worried that something isn’t as it should be.