What is sexual health?

Sexual health is defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It 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. (WHO 2017)

At The Women’s Health Clinic we believe all women deserve a healthy and fulfilling sex life. This is why we are offering a full range of sexual health screening and contraceptive advice including long action reversible contraceptives like coil and implant fitting.

What are the common sexually transmitted infections we can screen for?

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK.

It is caused by a tiny organism called Chlamydia trachomatis, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. While it is very common the majority of women do not present with any symptoms allowing the infection to go unnoticed. More than 2/3’s of women and 1/2 of men have no symptoms, which is why this infection is so easily transmitted and remains undiagnosed. Symptoms in women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour.
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Abnormal bleeding in-between your periods or after sex.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is the second most common STI in the UK, after chlamydia. It is caused by a tiny organism, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. Five in ten women and one in ten men infected will have symptoms which for women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour.
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Bleeding between your periods, after sex or heavier periods which are abnormal for you.

HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a virus that attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight other infections.The virus is found in blood, semen and vaginal fluid of those infected. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS but will live a normal healthy life with regular monitoring, which is why its so important to catch the virus as early as possible to prevent it developing into AIDS.

A test for HIV does not affect your insurance policy and early diagnosis is important to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Syphilis

Syphilis is less common than some STIs, but numbers are rising. It is usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected (including oral sex) and can have long term health implications. Syphillis occurs in three distinct stages. Getting tested early is vital because if you reach stage three, any damage that’s already been done will be permanent. Treatment depends on the stage of infection but is generally a single antibiotic injection or course of antibiotic injections.

Our unique approach

At The Women’s Health Clinic we want women of all ages to enjoy a healthy and active sex life. STI’s are making a come back in the over 45 age group (FPA). While coming out of a long term relationship and starting a new one should be an exciting time, often ladies haven’t had to think about their sexual health or pregnancy risks for many years. Post menopausal women are not at risk of pregnancy so often this age group do not use condoms, forgetting that condoms also protect against STI’s.

Why choose us ?

Here at The Women’s Health Clinic you will have your own named nurse who is an expert in sexual health. She will be able to talk to you about any potential risk you may have been exposed to and then will examine you and take swabs to determine if you have caught any infection. We have a rapid turn around for the results and your named nurse will ring you herself and explain these results. If you have contracted an infection she can prescribe the appropriate treatment for you.

At the time of the examination, she may discover that you have a simple infection that is not sexually transmitted such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis- in this instance she can offer you immediate treatment without waiting for any swab results.

We are able to offer you an appointment time at a clinic location that is suitable for you without the long waiting times you may experience at an NHS clinic and everything is completely confidential – we will not inform your GP unless you specifically ask us to.

Your named nurse will be an expert in the field of sexual health with years of knowledge and experience and hold specialist qualifications within this field.

Basic STI test: £175

swab for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea | 30 min appointment.

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Advanced STI Test: £250

Swab & Blood sample: Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea/HIV/Syphilis | 30 min appointment.

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Special offer: £100

Basic STI test for those women undergoing Nu-V

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