Created by Joseph Harry Henderson

Contraception/STIs

 

Emergency Contraception

 

If you have unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy please telephone the surgery and ask for an urgent appointment, that day, with the doctor or nurse.  You do not need to tell the receptionist what the problem is.  For out of hours advice about emergency contraception contact the Accident and Emergency Department at Berwick Infirmary (0844 8118111) for advice.

 

Levonelle 2 is the name of the emergency contraception and is most effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.  It can be taken up to 72 hours afterwards.  If 72 hours has elapsed please still make an appointment to discuss other options.

 

Emergency contraception can be obtained from Pharmacies at weekends and bank holidays.

 

Sexual Infections

 

UNPROTECTED SEX CAN LEAD TO SEXUAL INFECTIONS

 

–     Chlamydia – this infection is on the increase and often has no symptoms.  However, if untreated it is believed to lead to infertility in later life.

 

–       Herpes – this is cold sore type lesions on the genital area.  Once infected this never goes away.  However, the symptoms may be treated.

 

–       Other infections include genital warts, pubic lice (crabs), trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, syphilis, Hepatitis B, HIV and AIDS.

 

CONDOMS GIVE PROTECTION AGAINST SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

 

If you would like any information or advice on contraception or sexually transmitted infections please make an appointment to see your GP or the practice nurse.  

 

ALL INFORMATION IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL