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Sexual Health

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Sexual Health

 

Your sexual health is an important part of your overall health as it can impact your emotional and social wellbeing as well as your physical and mental health. Sexual health concerns much more than just sexual behavior and the prevention of disease, it is about family planning, fertility and healthy relationships. It involves having access to sexual health information, education and care, and being able to talk about sexual health with others such as your sexual partners and healthcare providers. So, it is important to be well informed on all aspects of your sexual health and to be aware of what can interfere with having a satisfying and healthy sex life.

Sexual Health Check-ups

We recommend regular sexual health check-ups to ensure you carry on enjoying a healthy and satisfying sex life. Whether you are currently sexually active or not, it is still important to look after your sexual health. Don’t be embarrassed, we are professionals and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Men’s Sexual Health & Wellbeing

You may have concerns about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) or want to learn more about erectile dysfunction and other men's sexual health problems. Maybe you want to better understand the common changes that takes place in men’s sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.

 

Men’s sexual health check-ups may include:

  • Fertility and family planning education and advice
  • Assessment and management of erectile dysfunction
  • STI screening,
  • Testicular checks – link to this section in men’s health
  • Prostate screening. – link to this section in men’s health

Please link fertility and family planning to fertility and family planning page

 

Women’s Sexual Health & Wellbeing

You may have concerns about preventing pregnancy and STIs or want to learn more about low libido and other women's sexual health problems. Maybe you want to understand the common changes that takes place in women’s sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.

 

Women’s sexual health check-ups may include:

  • Fertility and family planning education and advice,
  • STI screening, including tests for common infections such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Pelvic examination and investigation of any sexual difficulty such as discomfort during sex
  • Cervical smear tests
  • Breast awareness and advice.

Please link fertility and family planning to fertility and family planning page

Please link cervical smear tests to fertility and family planning page

Please link being breast aware to fertility and family planning page

 

Young Peoples Sexual Health & Wellbeing

You may want to learn about preventing pregnancy and STIs, how to know when you are ready for sex, or have other sexual health concerns. Maybe you want to understand more about the common changes that take place with your sexual health as you go through puberty, and how this can affect your overall health and wellbeing. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.

 

Young people’s sexual health check-ups may include:

  • Contraception education and advice
  • STI screening and prevention
  • Education and advice for girls on common changes in their body during puberty
    • Puberty
    • Sex
    • Vaginal discharge
    • Pregnancy
  • Education and advice for boys on common changes in their body during puberty
    • Puberty
    • Sex
    • Penis size
    • Unexpected erections

Please link contraception to fertility and family planning page

Education and advice guides are linked to a pdf, please see email attachments

 

 

LGBT Sexual Health & Wellbeing

You may want to learn about preventing pregnancy and STIs, coming out, gender modification or other sexual health issues relevant to you. Maybe you want to understand more about the common changes that take place with your sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.

 

LGBT’s sexual health check-ups may include:

  • Fertility and family planning education and advice
  • STI screening and prevention
  • HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men aged between 16 and 26 years
  • Cervical smear tests,
  • Breast awareness and advice
  • Testicular checks
  • Prostate screening
  • Referral to specialists in gender identity, transgender medicine and psychology.

Please link fertility and family planning to fertility and family planning page

Please link cervical smear tests to this section in women’s health

Please link being breast aware to this section in women’s health

Please link testicular cancer to this section in men’s health

Please link prostate screening to this section in men’s health

 

Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening

We perform STI screening for a fee of €??? for both private patients and Medical Card/GP Visit Card holders.

 

STI screening is free of charge and confidential at any of the following locations:

  • Galway University Hospital, Galway City, 091 525 200
    • Walk in clinics on Wednesday and Friday mornings 9-12 am
  • Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway 090 9648 372 (extension 676)

 

STI screening is also available through at:

  • Galway Family Planning Centre, Lismoyle House, Augustine Street, Galway. 091 562 992,

 

Useful Links:

NHS Living Well Sexual Health Information and Guides

Contraception guide

Find out about the 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS, plus where to get them and how to decide which method suits you.

Sex and young people

Answers to sex FAQs, including saying no, what to do if a condom splits, being gay and more.

Vagina health

Find out what's normal for a vagina, including discharge, size, periods, childbirth and menopause, and how to keep clean and healthy.

Penis health

All you need to know to keep your penis clean, healthy and fit for purpose.

STIs

Could you have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)? Find out about symptoms, where to get tests and treatment, and how to protect yourself.

Good sex

How to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life. Learn about sexual arousal and get tips on how to keep the passion alive.

Fertility

Find out about fertility, including getting pregnant, fertility problems and IVF.

Trans health

Find out more about gender identity issues and read real stories about living as a trans person.

Gay health

Health information for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Includes sexual health and having children.

Menopause

Everything you need to know about the menopause, including the effects on your body, how your GP can help you, and what you can do to relieve the symptoms.

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