Sexual health

Sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health as well as your emotional and social well-being. It's important to take care of your sexual health. If you have children, it's good to talk about sex and relationships.

Taking care of your sexual health

Men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand issues surrounding contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

There are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could carry without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to protect yourself. 

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There are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could be carrying without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to protect yourself. 

Sexual health clinics

You can talk to your doctor or nurse at your GP surgery or family planning clinic. Surgeries often hold family planning sessions or clinics for young people, in an atmosphere where people can talk openly about sex and relationship issues.

You can get further information on sexual health from health and social trusts:

Talking about sex with your children

It's important that parents and carers have the skills and knowledge to talk to their children about sex and pregnancy. There is more information on things to discuss on 'Talking to your child about sex and teenage pregnancy' page:

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