If you’re planning to start a family or think you may be pregnant – whether it’s planned or unplanned – we’re here to help.
We’ve a range of support to help you identify the path that’s right for you.
Deciding to have a baby is an exciting time. But, it’s natural to have questions and concerns too!
We’re here to help and reassure you.
This may include safely stopping contraception, monitoring your fertility, maximising your physical and mental health and planning how you’ll manage the pregnancy and birth. After your baby is born, we can help you resume contraception too.
Above all, we’re here to answer your questions and reassure you that most pregnancies and births today are healthy and happy times!
Unplanned pregnancy can be a shock and knowing how to deal with the news can be daunting. We’re here to support you.
We can help you understand your options and access services including abortion, adoption advice or planning your pregnancy and birth.
If you believe you might be at risk of unplanned pregnancy, we can help you access contraception, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception.
Clear answers to common questions
Contacting a sexual health service for the first time can be a little daunting, so here are some easy answers to many of the questions you may have.
What questions will be asked if I call the helpline?
Our colleague will ask a few simple questions to understand your circumstances and the support you need – so relax and take your time.
Everything is completely confidential. Nothing will be sent to your home address.
What support will I be offered?
We’ll help you access whatever you need.
This may include talking through your situation, giving you advice, helping you access protection or contraception or organising a STI test.
What if I need a test?
We offer discreet and easy STI self test kits for many of the most common infections.
If an alternative test or examination is needed, we’ll help you book in a confidential appointment at a local clinic.
Will I be physically examined?
We will never ask you to expose any part of your body during a video consultation.
If an examination is required, we’ll book an appointment at a clinic where a doctor will make any examination as quick and unobtrusive as possible.
Who is told about my appointments or STI tests?
No one. Your appointment and test results are confidential.
Sexual health services keep separate medical records and will only share information with your GP or other professionals if you agree to it.
How are tests taken?
If a test is required, many can be conducted by yourself at home. Other infections may need a visit to a clinic.
Most require a sample or urine or swab of the infected area. Others may require a blood test. This will all be explained to you before the test is arranged.
What if my test result is positive?
Firstly, please don’t worry, almost all STIs are now treatable.
You’ll be contacted so you can discuss the result and any suggested treatment with a doctor or nurse. In addition to any appropriate medication, you may be offered counselling and other forms of support to help you cope.