Get information about caring for your sexual health, including common sexually transmitted infections, vaginal discharge and sexual issues.
Common Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections (also known as STIs) can happen to anyone, of any race, gender, background or sexual orientation. It’s also possible to contract STIs through sexual activity other than sexual intercourse, so you can contract STIs even if you have not ‘had sex’ with someone. That’s why it is so critical to practice safer sex, get tested regularly, and have open, honest discussions with your partner before deciding to have sex.
Common STIs can include:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are bacterial infections that can often have no symptoms but can cause serious issues if left untreated, including fertility issues. They are both easily treated with antibiotics if caught early
- Human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, which is an infection that can lead to cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer and often has no symptoms
- Genital herpes, which affects one in five women under 50 but also often has few or no symptoms
- HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, which can develop into AIDS if left untreated
- Hepatitis B and C, which are viral infections affecting the liver. Most adults with Hepatitis B (around 95%) will recover with no medical assistance but some people can may require specialist medical attention.
Common Challenges with Sex and Intercourse
Challenges around sex are personal, but many of them are common and highly treatable. One of the most common issues with sex is pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse or penetration.
There can be a number of reasons for pain, ranging from psychological (anxiety or previous trauma causing physical symptoms) to medical (such as differences in the sexual organs, medical conditions or sexually transmitted disease).
Painful sex is a serious issue and should not be ignored. Always speak to your doctor if you are experiencing pain during sex.
Another common issue relating to sex is sexual dysfunction. This is a broad term which can refer to anything that prevents you from enjoying or successfully engaging in sexual activity. Again, this can include both psychological and physical conditions and should always be discussed with your doctor.
Caring for Your Sexual Health
Your sexual life belongs solely to you. It is important to have confidence in looking after your body and mind when you consider any sexual activity.
This includes protecting yourself against diseases by using condoms and getting tested regularly if you are sexually active, but it also means ensuring both you and your partner are always enthusiastically consenting to any sexual activity between you.
Specialist Care at Frances Perry House
Frances Perry House is home to a range of experienced and highly reputable Gynaecologists and Urogynaecologists with experience in many women's health issues including sexual health concerns, pelvic pain and sexually transmitted infections.
To book a consultation at Frances Perry house, please request a referral from your GP. You can choose a specialist using our specialist search tool.