Sexual Health Advice

Emergency Contraceptive Pill - Levonelle
Despite being known as the morning after pill, current guidelines from the Family Planning Association state that the morning after pill can be taken within 72 hours of intercourse. It is however, significantly more effective if taken within 24 hours. It is therefore important that you act quickly.  The Emergency pill is also free from a number of pharmacists (including Boots & Superdrug) once you have had a short consultation or if you prefer not to have a consultation you can buy it. 

The "morning after" pill can be hard on your system, and may induce nausea and your period may become irregular for a short time. It does not have any long term effect on your health. Remember that emergency contraception offers no protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections , so if you have had unprotected sex you may wish to consider having a sexual health check-up.

Many young sexually active women wonder at some point whether they may be pregnant.

The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period (although a missed period does not necessarily mean you are pregnant). Breast tenderness, nausea, tiredness and frequent urination are also common signs of pregnancy. If you have missed a period and think there is a chance you may be pregnant, get tested. If you are pregnant, the sooner you know, the more time you have to think about the options that are available to you. If you are worried you might be pregnant then you will need to speak to a member of the college or university that is responsible for this to ascertain the next steps available to you. Any such discussions with staff members are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and they will not share your details with anyone.

STIs are passed on during sex or close sexual contact. You shouldn't be embarrassed about getting an STI; it doesn't make you dirty, you've just been unlucky. However, you can and should take steps to avoid the risk of catching STIs. Many STIs can be carried by either men or women without the carrier having symptoms. The widespread nature of these infections, together with the fact that people often ignore minor symptoms, makes it difficult to know whether you have an STI and impossible to tell if someone else has one (unless they tell you). It is important to practice safe sex to minimise the risk of getting any sexually transmitted infection. It's also worth being informed about STIs so you can seek help as soon as possible, and keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy. If you have reason to believe you may have an infection make an appointment with your GP.