If you’ve had unprotected sex this summer, whatever the circumstances, we aren’t here to judge. Put your mind at ease about your sexual health with some confidential help, advice and support from clinics or services across Bridgend.
First things first…
There’s no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. You may be happy to know that when you visit a sexual health clinic you don’t have to give your real name. Secondly, you may also be happy to know that most sexual health tests are carried out via a simple urine test – swabs are only taken if discharge is present and this is relatively pain-free. Some surgeries even supply self testing kits so you don’t have to see the doctor first. It’s that simple.
Can you relate?
After unprotected sex, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
- Inflammation or discomfort of the genital area
- Rectal pain, bleeding or discomfort
- Bleeding during or after sex (female)
- An unusual sore throat (if oral sex has been undertaken)
Even if you can’t relate to the symptoms above, some STIs can be asymptomatic, meaning you may not have any symptoms, so it’s always best to get checked out either way.
What’s an STI?
STI stands for sexually transmitted infections (sometimes known as STDs – sexually transmitted diseases). STIs are passed between people via unprotected sexual activity, whether this is orally, vaginally or anally.
You can check out more about sexually transmitted infections here.
Need to get checked out?
For a free and confidential sexual health advice, testing and treatment, you can set up an appointment with a number of GUM clinics in the Bridgend area. To find your nearest click here. You can even email to arrange an appointment or ask for advice if you aren’t comfortable talking on the phone.
What if I’m worried about more than an STI?
We know that unprotected sex can bring many other concerns. You may be worried about pregnancy, your mental health or other health issues after unprotected sex. That’s why there’s more than just STI testing at your local clinics. You can also get help, advice and support on the following:
- contraception, the emergency contraceptive pill and emergency coils
- pregnancy testing
- HIV testing
- access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
- access to PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
- hepatitis B vaccinations
- abortion advice and referrals
- help for victims of sexual assault
- psychosexual counselling
It’s important to remember all support is confidential and free and you’re not on your own with any of your concerns.
I don’t think I’m ready to visit a clinic or speak to anyone yet
Talking about sex or our sexual health can be difficult, so if you’re not confident to reach out, why not get a home test or some online support with Frisky Wales?
Did you know…?
With Frisky Wales, you can also learn about which contraception is right for you and much more about sexual health topics like pornography, and even health concerns like Endometriosis. There’s also a range of online support or access to support groups and meet ups.
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