Let’s Talk About Sex...ual Health
It’s Sexual Health Awareness Week so we’re taking this opportunity to talk about reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We know sexual health can be a tricky thing to discuss – many of us will remember uncomfortable conversations in school and having to put a condom on a banana – but it’s important to know the facts.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Or, Why it Burns When You Pee

The most important thing to know is that if left untreated STIs can impact your future fertility. That means it’s important to take precautions to prevent them, recognise the signs if you have one and we recommend regular sexual health screens, especially if you have multiple partners. It is possible to have an STI without symptoms, hence why screening is so important.

Here are some of the symptoms you should be aware of:
– Pain when urinating 
– Unusual discharge or bleeding
– Lumps, warts or skin growths around the genitals
– Sores or blisters around the genitals


Getting a Check-up

If you are worried you might have an STI you should make an appointment at a sexual health clinic as soon as you can. You should avoid sex (including oral and anal sex) until you’ve received your results. It’s possible to visit your GP, however, they may refer you to a sexual health clinic for testing.

You should go to a sexual health clinic if:
– You have symptoms of an STI
– Your sexual partner has symptoms of an STI
– You’re worried after having sex without a condom


Previous STIs and Your Fertility

If you’ve previously had an STI, you are not alone. Many people will have one in their lifetime. Remember, if you’ve been diagnosed at an STI clinic your GP won’t automatically be aware. It’s a personal decision whether you want to tell them but they can offer you further support or advice if they know, particularly when it comes to fertility. 

If you’ve had an STI which led to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) we recommend speaking with your GP who can offer you an earlier referral for investigations and/or treatments.   

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you next Friday!

Our newsletters are written by our fantastic medical team
Dr. Louise, MBChB
Sandy, Embryologist
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