Sex, contraception and Chlamydia testing

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    Did you know that there are actually 15 methods of contraception? Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and whether you want to have a baby, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you choose to be sexually active only condoms can protect against STIs and pregnancy.

    Watch the video it is worth talking about on the NHS website to find out more about contraception.

     Use a condom
    If you are thinking about having sex always use a condom to ensure you and your partner are protected from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or getting pregnant.

    Free condoms in Suffolk
    Sign up to the c-card in Suffolk and get free condoms, thanks to the Suffolk Sexual Health Services.

     Unprotected sex
    If your condom splits or you have had unprotected sex, you may want to think about emergency contraception to stop you or your partner getting pregnant. However, don't delay; you need to act within 3 days (72 hours) of having unprotected sex for this to work.

    To help you understand things better read 15 things you should know about sex on the NHS website.

     Free Chlamydia testing
    1 in 12 sexually active young people may have Chlamydia – you can take a free and confidential Chlamydia test where you get the results of your test sent to you by text on your mobile. For more details visit amiclear.

    Find your nearest service or clinic for sexual health.

     Am I pregnant?
    So, you think you may be pregnant or your girlfriend is pregnant?

    The first you can do is buy pregnancy tests from supermarkets or the chemist or see your doctor or school nurse for a free pregnancy test. for more advice read am I pregnant.

    If you find out you are pregnant there’s lots of advice available and people to help you decide what you want to do:

     Services in Suffolk
    Orwell Clinic in Ipswich. Call 0300 123 3650.

    They can be split into the types below:

  • Genito-Urinary Medicince (GUM) / sexual health clinics - usually found in larger hospital; provide help with pretty much all sexual health issues, from pregnancy to sexually transmitted infections.
  • Community contraceptive clinic / family planning clinics - are more relaxed than a GUM clinic, and can help with most issues around contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy ests and in some cases minor sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Health drop-ins - tend to be for young people, some are based close to schools, take place at youth clubs or as part of a visting clinic in community centres.