The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health 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
Using a condom will protect you and your partner against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for example, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV as well as unplanned pregnancy.
Up to 70% of women and 50% of men with an STI have no symptoms so you may have one without realising. Many STI’s can affect your babies health during pregnancy and after birth.
Condoms reduce the risk of transmitting diseases by blocking the exchange of fluids during sexual activity. When condoms are used correctly, there is only a three percent chance of becoming pregnant and even less than a three percent chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Condoms are most commonly available for men but there are also different types available for women, both of which are widely available in places like pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, and many other locations.
There are 15 methods of contraception that are available free on the NHS including:
- Natural Family Planning
- Oral Methods
- Coils and Implants
Which method works best for you depends on a number of factors, including your age, whether you smoke, your medical and family history, and any medication you’re taking.
Some scientific studies suggest that a loving relationship, physical touch and sex can bring health benefits such as lower blood pressure.
How to access local services
Walsall has integrated its sexual health services into a single service. Under one roof and one visit you can obtain contraception and treatment and advice for sexually transmitted infections.
Walsall sexual health services operate a walk in service.
You can remain anonymous when using Walsall sexual health services
You can get free contraception, including emergency contraception, from your GP and Walsall Sexual Health services.
- Walsall Centre for Sexual Health, Pleck Road, Walsall, WS2 9ES, tel: 01922 633341
- Hatherton Centre, Hatherton Street, Walsall, WS1 1YB, tel: 01922 605454
For more information
- If you experience sexual assault :
- Young People Services :
- Brook Advisory services brook.org.uk
- NHS choices http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
- NATIONAL AIDS trust http://www.nat.org.uk/
- Terrence Higgins Trust http://www.tht.org.uk
- Sigma Research sigmaresearch.org.uk
Page updated 18/07/2016