Sexual Health & Contraceptive Services
On this page you can find a range of advice on sexual health, contraception and where to access advice in your area.
Anyone requiring sexual health advice, treatment or testing can ring the Sexual Healthline Cumbria to be directed to the nearest service which meets your needs.
Call 0845 658 3131
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Sexual health advice and testing
A range of places across Cumbria offer sexual health advice, testing and treatment. These include GP surgeries, community clinics and hospital clinics.
The best way to find out which service will best suit your needs is to call the Sexual Healthline Cumbria on 0845 658 3131 or if this is closed, click on the link below for more information.
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Having sex should be fun and enjoyable, but having unprotected sex may increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection or becoming pregnant. Using condoms during sex will help you feel more confident and relaxed about sex as condoms protect you and your partner from sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed through intimate sexual contact. STIs include chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea. They can be passed on during vaginal, anal and oral sexual intercourse, as well as through genital contact with an infected partner.
Using contraception is the best way to reduce the risk of pregnancy, using condoms will also protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are a wide range of different contraceptive methods to choose from, which means there is something out there to suit everyone, both male and female.
If you want to enjoy sex without the worries, have a look through these pages and see what's on offer, that way you can choose what is right for you. Whether you are in a long term relationship, or have met someone new, you will enjoy sex without worrying only by knowing you are protected against pregnancy and infection.
If you think you have an STI
If you are worried that you may have a sexually transmitted infection, then you can contact either speak to someone in your GP surgery or call theSexual Healthline Cumbria on 0845 658 3131 to be directed to right place for advice, treatment and testing.
Sexual health testing is available in a range of locations such as at Health Centres, GP surgeries or in hospitals which provide a range of sexual health services including:
testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
testing and counselling for HIV and AIDS
emergency contraception and advice
Emergency contraceptive pill
Accidents sometimes happen! If you have had unprotected sex for any reason, you can still get contraception which can stop you getting pregnant. You can take an emergency contraceptive pill up to 72 hours or three days after you had unprotected sex. However, the sooner you take it, the more effective it is.
You can get the emergency pill from a range of placed including; any sexual health clinic, your doctor and some pharmacies. This is a free and confidential service.
However, the emergency contraceptive pill should not be relied upon as a regular method of contraception.
Call the Sexual Healthline Cumbria on 0845 658 3131 to find out where to go to get emergency contraception.