Love Hurts

We at recognise that things don’t always go to plan and sometimes unprotected sex does happen.

As well as the risks of unwanted pregnancy, there are sexually transmitted infections (STI) to think about.

These are very common but still seem to cause embarrassment and late presentations to medical services are frequent.

The signs and symptoms of STI’s may be subtle at first and include

  • Pain or discomfort on passing urine
  • Increased discharge or offensive smelling discharge
  • Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Heavier bleeding during your normal period


Left untreated these can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women which can progress to cause severe pain, infection throughout the body or sepsis, and result in infertility.

Diagnosis of STI’s can be as simple as a urine test for disease such as chlamydia. However, sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on other features such as the presence of sores or warts. Others may require vaginal or penile swabs which are not painful but more invasive.  Blood bourne viruses such Hepatitis B or C and HIV require blood tests. Staff who work in sexual health clinics are specially trained to council you about these tests and can offer emotional support, when needed.

The treatment of STI’s is usually antibiotics and prevention of further spread. At sexual health clinics they can assist you with anonymous contact tracing and you will be treated with empathy and dignity.

If you think you have an STI, we at can assist you in finding your local sexual health clinic and provide confidential advice about the next steps. You may need to attend an after hours GP, medical centre or on occasion an emergency room and our doctors can advise about this too.

Similarly, if you are concerned about being pregnant, as a result of unprotected sex, one of our doctors can guide you to find the most appropriate health professional.

Some people may find these topics hard to talk about, at you can have an online chat with one of our doctors, which you may find easier. You will be afforded the same confidentiality as in any other health consultation.