Sexual Health

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 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The number of people visiting sexual health clinics has risen by 25%, while diagnoses of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and genital warts have fallen. But whi...

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...

Sexual Health Is Not Embarrassing So Why Are We Still So Reluctant To Go To A Doctor?

Daisy Mae | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Mae

Why on earth is talking about bodies and sex and STIs just so embarrassing? As soon as something goes wrong down there we all clam up pretend it isn't happening and run in the opposite direction from anyone who can help.

Women Are Putting Glitter In Their Vaginas During Sex And It Needs To Stop

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

From wasps nests to detox pearls, there’s a plethora of (unnecessary) products out there designed to be put in and around your vagina. The latest pr...

Two In Five People 'Would Feel Uncomfortable Dating Someone With HIV On Effective Treatment'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

HIV treatment has come a long way since the 80s, to the point where there’s no risk of contracting the disease from someone if they’ve been underg...

Syphilis Cases Have Risen To The Highest Level Since 1949

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The number of cases of syphilis have reached the highest level since 1949, new figures show. Cases of the infection across England have rocketed since...

Sperm That Were Sent To Space Have Passed A Fertility Test

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech

Researchers have successfully bred a litter of mice pups using sperm that was frozen and then stored at the International Space Station. The scientist...

8 Things You Need To Know About Masturbation

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Flicking the bean, spanking the monkey, jacking off, self-gratification: whatever you want to call masturbation, the truth is we’re all at it (yes, ...

7 Things People With HIV Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Being diagnosed with HIV was once seen as a “death sentence”, but new research proves this idea is most definitely outdated. Researchers looked at...

You Can Now Anonymously Text An Ex If You've Got An STI

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People who are worried that they may have put someone’s sexual health at risk can now notify sexual partners using an anonymous text messaging servi...

Should I Get The HPV Vaccine? Boots Makes Jab Available To Men And Women

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re in your late twenties or are male, you probably won’t have had the HPV vaccine. The vaccination, which protects against the human papil...

Patients With 'Urgent Symptoms' Struggling To Access Sexual Health Clinics

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Prompt access to UK sexual health clinics, particularly for those in urgent need, has worsened over the past few years. New research has revealed in m...

Why Do Some Healthcare Professionals Medicalise Sex?

Samantha Evans | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Evans

all women everywhere As women, we are encouraged to be more proactive about our health, seeking medical advice if we have a problem, yet I speak to women every week who have been dismissed by their GP for even wanting to enjoy a good sex life after medical interventions or just because they are in their 70s.

How Donald Trump’s ’Sustained Attack’ On Women Is Already Impacting The UK

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK

Donald Trump may not have any power in the UK - but the impact of his “sustained attack” on women’s rights in the US has “repercussions” acr...

Scientists Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of How Sperm Swim

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Tech

The odds are stacked against sperm. Most of the 150 million cells released when a man and woman have sex fail to even make it through the vagina. Thos...

Meet The 20-Something Women Who Are Fighting To Be Sterilised

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When 26-year-old tech reporter Holly Brockwell went public with her quest to be sterilised, she sparked a nationwide controversy and added a fresh dim...