Your sexual health is an important part of your physical and mental health and well-being. Good sexual health is being able to have positive and equal relationships, being happy with the choices you are making and not being forced into doing something you don't want to.
Our commitment to North Lincolnshire's residents is to ensure everyone has access to good information and easy access to great sexual health services.
Everything you need to know about sexual health services in North Lincolnshire can be found on the North Lincolnshire sexual health service webpages
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Sexually transmitted infections are very common and anyone who is having sex can get them. Not all infections have symptoms, so you or anyone you have sex with, could have an infection and not know about it. That’s why it’s important to use condoms.
Although most infections can be quickly and easily treated if they are found early, some can cause long-term problems such as infertility in women if they are not treated early.
A routine sexual health check-up consists of tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis. You may be offered some extra tests, for example hepatitis B, if necessary.
For more information about STI's or getting screened visit the North Lincolnshire sexual health service webpages.
If you want to find out if you’re pregnant, a urine test can show positive as early as the first day of a missed period. Pregnancy test kits can be bought from shops like pharmacies and supermarkets.
There are lots of different types of contraception available, including:
- Tablets, injections, diaphragms, patches
- Implants and intra-uterine devices
- Condoms (male or female)
With the exception of condoms, contraception is free on prescription in England. Condoms are the only form of contraception which will reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. They can be obtained for free at North Lincolnshire sexual health services. Condoms are also widely available to buy from many shops, pharmacies, garages and supermarkets.
Contraception is available from your GP and North Lincolnshire sexual health service.
If you need emergency contraception it is really important to speak to a pharmacist, your GP or North Lincolnshire sexual health service as soon as possible as some methods are less effective the longer you leave it.
There are two types of tablets which can be prescribed by GPs and Sexual Health Services:
- Levonorgestrel has to be taken within three days of unprotected sex
- Ulipristal can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex
Intra-uterine devices are the most effective emergency contraception but need to be fitted by a specialist.
Deciding to have an abortion is often a difficult choice. By getting advice early on, you have time to discuss the options , make the right choice for you and get the right care.
In North Lincolnshire you can access, by self referral, an NHS funded abortion from Marie Stopes International, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Trust - Scunthorpe General Hospital.
North Lincolnshire has a dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for men and women aged 16 and over. The Casa Suite provides support and advice, forensic medical assessments and 24 hour crisis workers. They can support and advise on the criminal investigation process if appropriate.
You can call the Casa Suite to speak to a member of staff Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm on 01482 305037.
To contact Sexual Health North Lincs call 0300 330 11 22 or visit the North Lincolnshire sexual health service webpages.