Sexual Health

Waving Goodbye To Genital Warts!

Daisy Mae | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Having been diagnosed with genital warts, what do patients then say to their sexual partners, about the diagnosis and the chance of passing these on in the future? Current advice is to use a condom when having sex, during and for three months after treatment, but this doesn't seem very robust in the light of the above facts

Why Using Pornography To Learn About Sex Is Like Using GOT To Pass A History Exam

Liam Beattie | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

I was recently in a busy NHS sexual health clinic in central London, having decided to undertake a regular sexual health screening. The waiting room was filled with people from all ages, and backgrounds.

How To Avoid Getting An STI This Freshers' Week

Dr Rashid Bani | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Rashid Bani

As freshers' week approaches, experts expect to see a sharp increase in the spread of sexual transmitted infections among young people. The grim reality of STIs might be the last thing that you want to think about when heading off to university, but it's estimated that 25% of first years in the UK will catch one.

There's Been A 'Significant Decline' In HIV Diagnoses Among Gay And Bisexual Men

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

New cases of HIV in gay and bisexual men have fallen by 21% in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) has said. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, at...

Body Image: Another Good Reason To Talk About Porn

Vanessa Rogers | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Rogers

The BBC3 documentary 'Porn: What's the Harm?' found that UK children as young as eight watch online pornography and over half will have seen hardcore porn before they start secondary school, despite it being illegal for anyone under 18.

This Is How Many Times You Can Safely Take The Morning After Pill In A Year

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

As more and more pharmacies slash the price of the morning after pill, concerns have been raised that cheaper prices might encourage women to “misus...

We Need More Transparency To Inform Young People That Porn Is An Industry And A Fantasy

Ruby Stevenson | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Stevenson

I recently had a 14 year old girl confide in me after a lesson - she explained she had hair growing around her genitals and wanted to know what was wrong with her. She'd never seen a vulva that wasn't completely bald, and genuinely believed her body hair was unnatural and abnormal.

How To Talk About Porn With Your Partner (And How It Will Improve Your Sex Life)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

You only have to have an honest (read: wine-fuelled) discussion about porn with your mates to know that as a subject, it’s pretty divisive, particul...

Much Of Pornography Today Makes Me And My Friends Feel Degraded And Afraid - This Shouldn't Be The Case

Katie | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education

The depiction of women in some pornography plays into the hands of wider societal issues faced by girls. Although less blatantly, women are sexually objectified across the media, be it in over-sexualised adverts, in magazines, or on TV.

Five Things You Should Know About STIs And Fertility

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geetha Venkat

Nearly half a million people in the UK are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year. There are many associated complications to contracting a sexually transmitted disease; your health can be affected, there is often a social stigma attached to STI carriers and, your current and/or future fertility may be put at risk.

A Guide To... STIs

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK due mainly to many people being unaware that they have it. Most do not experience symptoms making it very easy to spread, therefore it is very important to regularly visit your sexual health clinic.

Taking The Plunge! Chatting With Your Kids About Porn

Mel Gadd | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Mel Gadd

Before you get too worried, just remember that you don't have to be a sex education expert. You just have to be a parent or carer who is willing to discuss the difficult stuff. As we all know, kids come out with random and tricky questions all the time.

Sexclamation! - Part Six

Daisy Mae | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Ok - here's the day. I'm on the blog first thing because yes - I woke up and the text was there on my phone. They must start early in that clinic - and working on a Saturday morning! Goodness me!

Sexclamation! - Part Five

Daisy Mae | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Yes, it's an amazing turn of events that I am proud to have been part of. Unplanned pregnancies can cause severe emotional trauma and whatever the decision that young person makes, the experience will be with them forever. Surely, so much better to have prevented that unplanned pregnancy in the first place.

Sexclamation! - Part Four

Daisy Mae | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Here's the thing - the choice of contraceptives now is quite baffling. I can see the mist of confusion settle on women's faces as I start working my way through the clinic leaflets, all about choice. I'm going to write this from the heart, having had 30 years experience as contraception lead for my team.

Sexclamation! - Part Three

Daisy Mae | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Here's the thing. So many people say to me in the clinic, that they don't need testing because they always use condoms...? Hmm. What does this mean? The problem is this. What people say they do and actually do are two different things. And in fact, they are probably not getting the 100% protection from what they think they are doing.

Sexclamation! - Part Two

Daisy Mae | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

I had a sleepless night. There is so much humiliation in this. It's full of what ifs and maybes and I'm not good with uncertainty. What if I can't find the clinic, or I wait for ages in the waiting room, next to who knows who? I might see someone I know.

Sexclamation - A First Post!

Daisy Mae | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

The other important factor is my day job. I am a sexual health doctor. I work in the clinics and do these tests day in and day out, for my patients. It should be water off a duck's back? In fact, it's all very well to give advice to other people, but when it happens to YOU, it suddenly feels very different.

What To Expect When You Go For An STI Test

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The number of people visiting sexual health clinics has fallen by 24% in the past decade, according to new figures released by NHS Digital. Since 2015...

Stickers To Block A Man's Penis Hole Now Exist, But Sexual Health Experts Disapprove

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A sticker that covers a man’s penis hole to prevent pre-ejaculate from escaping is proving incredibly controversial, particularly among advocates of...

Plummeting Sperm Counts Could Result In Human Extinction, Doctor Warns

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A doctor has warned that rapidly declining sperm counts could result in humans becoming extinct. Dr Hagai Levine led a team of researchers who analyse...

Why Is Boots More Concerned About Anti-Contraception Sexists Than Women Who Need The Morning After Pill?

Jessica Quinter | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Jessica Quinter

"We would not want to be accused of incentivizing inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product." So wrote Boots chief pharmacist Marc Donovan in a letter to bpas. To what dangerous, immoral drug could he possibly be referring? Emergency contraception, of course!

Boots Accused Of ‘Straight Up Misogyny’ After Refusing To Make Morning After Pill Cheaper

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Boots has refused to drop the price of the morning after pill over fears it would “provoke complaints” and “incentivise inappropriate use”. Th...

Boys Are Being Denied A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer. Why Is This Being Allowed To Happen?

Ian Green | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Green

It presumes all boys have sex with girls, which they don't, and that all these boys have sex with girls from the UK who have had the vaccine. Again, they don't. By not vaccinating boys we are leaving men, mainly gay men, at risk of preventable cancers. And it's costing lives.

A Handy Breakdown Of Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

New research has shown men who have diabetes are very likely to develop erectile dysfunction. A review of 145 studies, involving 88,577 men, discovere...